Two new Elders are being brought on to guide and advise the Prince Albert Police Service as the organization continues working towards reconciliation and understanding.

Elder Liz Settee and Elder Leonard Ermine will act as spiritual guides and provide teachings on Indigenous traditions and culture.

“In policing, we must always strive to represent those we serve in the community with respect and honour. Understanding the history of our community is important to our success as an organization,” said Police Chief Jonathan Bergen.

Both Elders were welcomed Thursday and were gifted with cloth and tobacco and a beaded medallion adorned with the Prince Albert Police Service logo.

Elder Settee and Elder Ermine are well known for their work within the local community, including with local youth.

“Our youth need to be lifted up and need to realize their importance,” explained Sheryl Kimbley, Chair of the Prince Albert Board of Police Commissioners.

(Included in the photo from left to right: Prince Albert Mayor Greg Dionne; Elder Liz Settee; PAPS Indigenous Resource Officer Erin Parenteau; Prince Albert Police Chief Jonathan Bergen; Elder Leonard Ermine; Prince Albert Board of Police Commissioners Chair Sheryl Kimbley; Prince Albert Grand Council Vice Chief Christopher Jobb.)