RCMP TO ALLOW OATHS TO BE SWORN ON EAGLE FEATHERS
In what was called a first for the RCMP, the Mounties in Nova Scotia are now offering victims, witnesses and police officers the option to swear legal oaths on an eagle feather, instead of a Bible. The RCMP say the eagle feather may also be offered as a source of comfort at local detachments. A special smudging ceremony was held Monday at Nova Scotia RCMP Headquarters, where Lt.-Gov. Arthur LeBlanc was joined by provincial Justice Minister Mark Furey and Chief Leroy Denny, on behalf of the Assembly of First Nations.