Shown at Fort Walsh, the North West Mounted Police outpost, in 1881, Jack Clark holds an 1873 Winchester and wears prairie attire that is in keeping with the Rocky Mountain Ranger uniform. The force often took on former policemen as civilian scouts, since many of them were intermarried with natives or Métis and thus offered valuable experience, especially during the years of Sitting Bull’s Sioux exile in the Cypress Hills.   – Courtesy Provincial Archives of Alberta A.19402 –

Shown at Fort Walsh, the North West Mounted Police outpost, in Jack Clark holds an 1873 Winchester and wears prairie attire that is in keeping with the Rocky Mountain Ranger uniform.

Dog Child, a North West Mounted Police scout, and his wife, The Only Handsome Woman, members of the Blackfoot Nation, Gleichen, Alberta, ca. 1890 / Dog Child, éclaireur de la Police à cheval du Nord-Ouest, et sa femme, The Only Handsome Woman, tous les de by BiblioArchives / LibraryArchives, via Flickr

Dog Child, a North West Mounted Police scout, and his wife, The Only Handsome Woman, members of the Blackfoot Nation. Library and Archives Canada /

North-West Mounted Police posed in front of log cabin, Dawson, Yukon Territory, ca. 1898. (Canada)

North-West Mounted Police posed in front of log cabin, Dawson, Yukon Territory, ca. Hegg Photographs of Alaska and Klondike

Canadian North West Mounted Police (NWMP - aka 'Mounties') Constable - 1880's

Canadian North West Mounted Police (NWMP - aka 'Mounties') Constable - 1880's

Sam Steele met Robert Baden-Powell  when both were fighting the Boer War in South Africa. In the aftermath of the war, Baden-Powell was involved in organizing the South African Constabulary (S.A.C.) to help return and retain order to the country, and he asked Sam Steele if he would command the S.A.C. in the northern Transvaal. Steele, after securing a secondment from the North-West Mounted Police, agreed to the assignment and served with S.A.C. for over five years.

Sam Steele met Robert Baden-Powell when both were fighting the Boer War in South Africa. In the aftermath of the war, Baden-Powell was involved in organizing the South African Constabulary (S.A.C.) to help return and retain order to the country, and he asked Sam Steele if he would command the S.A.C. in the northern Transvaal. Steele, after securing a secondment from the North-West Mounted Police, agreed to the assignment and served with S.A.C. for over five years.

From Inspector Charles Constantine’s first voyage to Canada’s North in 1894 with the North West Mounted Police, the guidance given by the Aboriginal people in the North were paramount to his policing efforts.  http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/nt/index-eng.htm

From Inspector Charles Constantine’s first voyage to Canada’s North in 1894 with the North West Mounted Police, the guidance given by the Aboriginal people in the North were paramount to his policing efforts.

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