Canadian Court Introduces Sacred Eagle Feathers for Indigenous Witnesses

Manitoba courts in Canada have introduced sacred eagle feathers for witnesses in court to hold as they swear in. IAWJ member, Justice Lore Mirwaldt sits in one of these courts. According to CBC Manitoba, this has been “called a historic moment.”

A sunrise ceremony was held to “to mark the introduction of eagle feathers into every provincial courtroom.” During the ceremony, the feathers were blessed. For indigenous peoples, the feather is believed to signal the path that its holder should follow.

With this change, indigenous people see their “way of life being accepted into the courts,” promoting true equality and inclusivity. The goal is for “all Manitobans [to] have confidence in the justice system.”

Present at the ceremony were indigenous elders, pipe carriers and warriors, and provincial justices.

Read more on CBC.