I was very happy to receive this medal, and I hope to be still another 10 years before my retirement.
Only one aboriginal woman currently the director of police, Nelly Mathias was rather touched when she received the medal of the Governor general of Canada on June 8 in Quebec city.
“When I received the medal, I was happy to me to be made until then, to receive this honor for 20 years of service, it was very touching,” said humble Nelly Mathias upon his return to Kebaowek, in Témiscamingue. Ms. Mathias has 22 years of service. She is originally from the Long Point First Nation Winneway where she had been a policewoman for 11 years. Subsequently, she continued her career at Eagle Willage (Kebaowek), Chisasibi, Eeyou Eenou. She has also worked for the police native american and is returned to Kebaowek where she is the director of police for the past three years.
This distinction was given to him, even as 11 of her male colleagues, during the 9th edition of the ceremony held in the framework of the Conference des directeurs de police autochtone du Québec.
“I am pleased to express today my pride and my admiration for these 12 police officers who have protected to the best of themselves for the populations of the aboriginal communities,” said minister responsible for native Affairs, Geoffrey Kelley. They help to improve the quality of life of Aboriginal peoples in Québec. I congratulate them for their outstanding work.”
An advantage and a disadvantage
After 22 years of faithful service in the communities, it seems clear that Nelly Mathias still has the sacred fire to his profession, but also for the safety of the people who are under his responsibility. She talks with ease. “The advantage of working in the communities for me, is that I know the culture of the people with whom I am acting, I am able to predict their reactions and interact well with each other”, she noted. In return, work in small communities has also a disadvantage. “I know everyone, I have links of kinship with many members of my community, she continued. It can also happen that I need to stop a cousin, a cousin, or another member of my immediate family, a friend.”
One thing is for certain, Ms. Mathias, still feels in the right place to practise that profession in which it excels. “I was very happy to receive this medal, and I hope to be still another 10 years before my retirement”, she concluded.