Some former Mounties blame prejudice in the ranks for the RCMP’s loss of Indigenous officers.

  that come with being both an Indigenous woman and a police officer by her ninth year in the RCMP. That was before she had to remove an inebriated passenger from a Greyhound bus parked at a gas station off a highway in Newfoundland and Labrador on her own. She claimed that the backup she requested took a long time to arrive.

McKee claims the man attempted to steal her cruiser, then kicked her, choked her, and threatened to murder her. She claimed that biting into the man’s forearm was the only way she could get him to let go. She had broken ribs, a black eye, and a larynx so damaged that she couldn’t speak for over a year by the time backup arrived.

The RCMP‘s net count of officers who identify as “visible minorities” and officers who do not self-identify as visible minority or Indigenous has also climbed, according to the paper.

Erick Laming, a Ph.D. student at the University of Toronto’s Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies, isn’t surprised by the loss of so many Indigenous RCMP officers. Laming, a Shabot Obaadjiwan First Nation member, has spent a lot of time in northern Ontario interviewing Indigenous people. He claims that the RCMP’s tumultuous connection with Indigenous peoples is hindering recruitment and retention.

Along with the RCMP’s long history of involvement in Canada’s residential school system, Laming claims that recent high-profile incidents of police violence, such as the arrest of Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation Chief Allan Adam last year and the shooting death of Chantel Moore of Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation, have made many Indigenous people wary of pursuing careers in law enforcement.