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Ottawa, May 12 (Canadian-Media): Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale at a ceremony in Regina, Manitoba, at the RCMP's training depot announced the appointment of Brenda Lucki as Canada's first permanent female RCMP's commissioner, media reports said.
Lucki, a 32-year veteran of the force, had earlier served as the commanding officer of the RCMP's training academy in Saskatchewan, at divisions in Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta and Saskatchewan, worked with United Nations in the former Yugoslavia and had trained police units for the UN Civilian Police Mission in Haiti.
Lucki was also the recipient of United National Force Commander's commendation for bravery, two UN protection forces medals and the Canadian peacekeeping service medal.
She would be replacing for Bob Paulson, who retired in June 2017.
The candidates for the RCMP's commissioner post were screened for "Indigenous culture and a sensitivity to the issues relevant to the diversity of the Canadian population." as mentioned in the job posting.
A committee of six woman and three men led by Frank McKenna, the former premier of New Brunswick who also served as Canada's ambassador to the United States had made her selection.
Luki's previous experience of working with Indigenous groups, including her induction into the Order of Merit of the Police Forces and her efforts to promote relations with First Nations in northern Manitoba were in her favour.
Lucki was reportedly considered by Trudeu capable of promoting reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, advancing gender equality, addressing workplace harassment and protecting the civil liberties of Canadians.
Lucki's appointment on Friday coincided with the time when the force's relations with Indigenous communities are strained.
Last month Saskatchewan farmer Gerald Stanley's was acquittal of murder of First Nations man Colten Boushie had several questions regarding bias of police and the justice system against Indigenous people.
"I plan to challenge assumptions, seek explanations and better understand the reasons how we operate. This means that no stone will be left unturned. And if what we find works, then we carry on until we unearth the issues that need addressing," Lucki was reported to state.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)