‘On the inside’: Why some Indigenous officers stick with the RCMP despite struggles 

By Stephanie Taylor THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA- Dean Gladue says he never experienced racism until joining the RCMP. The 26-year veteran began his career with the force in 1989 as special constable, a role assigned to police First Nations reserves. It was a rank below his non-Indigenous colleagues, who were better paid. It felt like he was “a second-class citizen,” he said in a recent interview. After the program shuttered, Gladue transitioned into a job as a regular constable. The 25-year-old Metis man would then overhear offhand comments around the office, with ones like how a “dead Indian’s a good Indian” later brushed off as stress when raised to a supervisor. “You just take the beating. You just take it,” he said. “Then as you get older, you start to…

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