6 June 1944: D-Day, Normandy. Six sections from 4 Provost Company landed on Juno Beach.
June 1946: Changes are made to the King’s Rules and Regulations to ensure the collective jurisdiction of all the service Policing groups over members of the Canadian Army, RCN, and RCAF. Before this change was made, Military Police from the three services faced a variety of complex jurisdictional restrictions when dealing with persons from outside their services.
April 1999: The Canadian Forces School of Intelligence and Security (CFSIS) is renamed Canadian Forces Military Police Academy. All Intelligence training is relocated to the newly created Canadian Forces School of Military Intelligence (CFSMI) in Kingston, ON under the direction of the Intelligence Branch.
Some unique videos were recently discovered in the CF MP Group library in Ottawa. These videos, which were produced by the CAF’s Public Affairs Branch, were originally released in 1987, 1993, and 1997.
Click on the videos below to watch them. They have also been uploaded onto our 75th Anniversary YouTube channel.
Apologies for some of the picture and sound quality…they were converted into digital format from old VHS tapes.
"La compagnie de Police Militaire dans la Division" (1987) (French only)
"Discipline & Duty: The Military Police in Action" (1993)
"Military Police Fund for Blind Children: Bringing Light into Darkness" (1997)
“There was a woman of the Nimkish who was taken as a slave in war. She was with child and her master ordered he child to be killed at birth if it was a boy. She was desperate and didn’t know what to do. One day, as she washed clothes by a lake, a supernatural being from the lake gave her a copper plate. When it was face down it became night and face up, it became day. Thus, when a boy was born to her, she turned the copper plate face down and it became night in the middle of the day and her master could not see the child and by this ruse, he was saved. The boy then went to search for his father and found he had left to go to the Feather Mountain to get feathers for a ceremony of the Comox. He joined his father on Feather Mountain and met Thunderbird who made his Head Winter Dancer and said to him, ‘each winter shall the Lords of the Thunderbird gather and you shall be their Head Dancer’. And so it was”.
(As published in The Thunderbird Journal, Summer 1984)
1 April 1989: Canadian Forces Station Goose Bay is upgraded to "Base" status. The MP section assumes full police jurisdiction over the entire base and its residents from the local RCMP.
27 March 1964: the first contingent of Canadian, including MP, began arriving in Cyprus for peacekeeping duties. Canadian MP would fill key roles in the UN MP Platoon until mission closure in 1993.
“The Mink is the son of the Sun and lives at Qalogwis. He is foolish, amorous and full of curiosity. He killed his friend Land Otter because he coveted his wife and Frog-Woman disliked him because he has a long face, small eyes and smells. He is very greedy and fond of sea eggs. He steals clams from the houses of the women by the shore and when they complain, he turns them into starfish. Yes, Mink is greedy and covetous, but most of all he is foolish. One day he thought he would carry the Sun in his father’s place. So, arising early and before his father, he took the shining ball out to make the day, but he could not carry it and dropped it on the earth between Bella-Bella and Bella Coola where it set the forests on fire. Then were all men and animals greatly afraid for they thought the whole world would burn. They called out to Thunderbird who sent Tsona, his cousin. He put on his magic garment and there was thunder, lightning and a great hailstorm which out the fire. Even today, when the forests burn, Thunderbird will protect his people and spread his cloak and bring the rain. For his cloak is the clouds, which bring the rain in season”.
(As published in The Thunderbird Journal, Spring 1984)
14 March 1985: Sergeant Marilyn MacDonald becomes the first female Senior NCO in the history of the MP Branch. She would later become the first female MP Warrant Officer in 1990.
“There once was a woman named Gauo who had four grandsons. Each of these grandsons began one of the four great Tsimshian tribes that we know today and men have wondered why they should have done so and where they received their crests of the Thunderbird as Thunderbird-World-Shaker, Thunderbird-Whale-Killer, Thunderbird-at-End-of-World and Thunderbird-Spirit-Corner. This came to pass when Gauo’s father could find no husband for her and he call all men and leaders of the animals about him. One by one he asked the men to marry his daughter but they would not. Then he went to more and more powerful animals, each of whom told him what they could do, but would not marry his daughter. Finally, a stroke of lightning came down from heaven and Thunderbird appeared in the guise of the handsomest and strongest of men and he took Gauo with him to heaven and they had many children. But Gauo wished her kind to return to earth so she besought Thunderbird who permitted four grand-sons to return and these are the forebears of the Tsimshian today”.
- Old Tsimshian Legend
(As published in The Thunderbird Journal, Winter 1983)