Policing in the Arctic - The Early Days of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police - Pt. I
In 1950, Hugh Feagan left the family farm in rural Ontario, Canada, to pursue his dream of joining the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (R.C.M.P.). After the long train trip West, Hugh completed his training at Depot Divion in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, and was posted to small communities North of the Arctic Circle. When Hugh retired from the force, the Gwich'n of Fort McPherson, N.W.T., held a feast and made both Hugh and his wife, Marj, honorary members of the Gwich'in Band to recognize their close relationship and service to the indigenous peoples of the Northwest Territories. Join us in part 1 of this interview, as Hugh discusses what made him want to join the R.C.M.P., training at Depot Division and his experiences when he was posted North of the Arctic Circle.