Nova Scotia RCMP constructs permanent sweat lodge at Headquarters

It's a first in Canada for the RCMP.

The Nova Scotia RCMP has constructed a permanent sweat lodge at its headquarters in Dartmouth.

Sweat lodges are part of Indigenous tradition and are commonly used within the Indigenous community. 

Made of natural materials, it is a space where sacred purification ceremonies or "sweats" are held for the purpose of spiritual cleansing.

RCMP employees will be able to attend sweat ceremonies for self-reflection and prayer in the lodge.

A ceremony was held Tuesday where A/Commr. Brian Brennan, Commanding Officer of the Nova Scotia RCMP, was joined by Chief Leroy Denny of Eskasoni First Nation and Councillor Kerry Prosper of Paq'tnkeke First Nation.