Assistant Commissioner Brenda Butterworth-Carr has been named to the top position in the B.C. RCMP, the first indigenous woman to hold the role.
Butterworth-Carr, who hails from the Tr’ondek Hwech’in Han Nation in the Yukon will replace Deputy Commissioner Craig Callens, who is retiring after a 32 year career, including five as commanding officer.
In a statement, B.C.’s Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Morris welcomed her to the new role.
“Her career has been diverse and has provided her with a strong understanding of the provincial, municipal and First Nations service agreements. Brenda also brings a wealth of experience working collaboratively with the many agencies and contract partners that support policing in B.C.”
Butterworth-Carr has worked as a Mountie since 1987, and filled a variety of positions from Native Special Constable in the Yukon to Assistant District Commander in “E” Division’s North District, and time in the National HQ.
She also continues to hold a number of positions on provincial and national committees, including being a member of the Canadian and International Association of Chiefs of Police and as Chair of the RCMP’s National Women’s Advisory Committee.
A statement from the RCMP says she returned to B.C. in August of 2016 after serving as Commanding Officer in Saskatchewan.
Appointed to that role in 2013, she made history as the first aboriginal woman to command an RCMP division in Canada.