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STEPHENVILLE — Scott Tobin believes that by the end of the summer he will know whether or not he is cut out to pursue a career with the RCMP.

Tobin is one of a number of students hired with the Qalipu Mi'kmaq Summer Student Program being held in conjunction with the RCMP.

Chief Brendan Sheppard, of the Qalipu Mi'kmaq First Nation Band, said he believes providing aboriginal youth the opportunity to experience first-hand the duties of RCMP officers, can greatly assist them in choosing a career with the RCMP, municipal police, the Canadian Armed Forces or some other career closely related to this type of work.

"It also gives them a greater sense of respect for the RCMP and help other youth better understand the people who put themselves at risk to serve and protect all Canadians," Sheppard said.

Tobin along with Daniel House are working with the Bay St. George RCMP in Stephenville, while fellow students Mallory MacDonald and Laura Prosper are working with the Corner Brook RCMP.

Their work is mostly in relation to programs with children, including bike rodeos, fingerprinting and the hug-a-tree program.

Tobin said other duties during the summer involve, performing community policing relating to security and prevention matters and working on a cabin and shed program, where the students record identification numbers of items in the event there is a break-in and stolen items need to be identified.

As a young person who only recently discovered his aboriginal roots, Tobin is excited about being a member of the Qalipu Band and believes its important to give back to the aboriginal community and help where he can.

He and House were looking forward to last weekend's 6th Annual Flat Bay Powwow and feel it will be an enriching experience, as they've never attended one before. They expect they will be spending some time with young people while at the powwow.

"This job gives us a lot of opportunity to travel the whole Bay St. George and Port au Port Peninsula area, along with Port aux Basques and Burgeo," Tobin said.

MacDonald said her beat includes Corner Brook, the Bay of Islands and the Humber Valley area.

MacDonald, who is from Lark Harbour, said she has always known about her aboriginal roots and is really enjoying her summer job so far. She and Prosper will be helping out with festivals this summer in Lark Harbour, York Harbour and Benoit's Cove.

 

STEPHENVILLE — Scott Tobin believes that by the end of the summer he will know whether or not he is cut out to pursue a career with the RCMP.

Tobin is one of a number of students hired with the Qalipu Mi'kmaq Summer Student Program being held in conjunction with the RCMP.

Chief Brendan Sheppard, of the Qalipu Mi'kmaq First Nation Band, said he believes providing aboriginal youth the opportunity to experience first-hand the duties of RCMP officers, can greatly assist them in choosing a career with the RCMP, municipal police, the Canadian Armed Forces or some other career closely related to this type of work.

"It also gives them a greater sense of respect for the RCMP and help other youth better understand the people who put themselves at risk to serve and protect all Canadians," Sheppard said.

Tobin along with Daniel House are working with the Bay St. George RCMP in Stephenville, while fellow students Mallory MacDonald and Laura Prosper are working with the Corner Brook RCMP.

Their work is mostly in relation to programs with children, including bike rodeos, fingerprinting and the hug-a-tree program.

Tobin said other duties during the summer involve, performing community policing relating to security and prevention matters and working on a cabin and shed program, where the students record identification numbers of items in the event there is a break-in and stolen items need to be identified.

As a young person who only recently discovered his aboriginal roots, Tobin is excited about being a member of the Qalipu Band and believes its important to give back to the aboriginal community and help where he can.

He and House were looking forward to last weekend's 6th Annual Flat Bay Powwow and feel it will be an enriching experience, as they've never attended one before. They expect they will be spending some time with young people while at the powwow.

"This job gives us a lot of opportunity to travel the whole Bay St. George and Port au Port Peninsula area, along with Port aux Basques and Burgeo," Tobin said.

MacDonald said her beat includes Corner Brook, the Bay of Islands and the Humber Valley area.

MacDonald, who is from Lark Harbour, said she has always known about her aboriginal roots and is really enjoying her summer job so far. She and Prosper will be helping out with festivals this summer in Lark Harbour, York Harbour and Benoit's Cove.

 

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