This Month in MP History
Several months before unification comes into effect for the Canadian Armed Forces, the Canadian Provost Corps (C Pro C) School, RCAF Police School, and the School of Military Intelligence amalgamate into the new Canadian Forces School of Intelligence and Security (CFSIS) at Camp Borden.
The graduation parade for the last recruit class to march off at the former Canadian Provost Corps School at Camp Shilo, Manitoba in 1960 shortly after which the School moved to Camp Borden where it remains to this day. Taking the salute is the late Col Anthony (Tony) Scotti, MC, CD, Provost Marshal Army. (Photo: Canadian Provost Corps Association)
Today in MP History
15 September 1995
Maj Jean-Guy Plante was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal with citation for his actions as part of the military the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda during the civil war and subsequent genocide of 1994.
This Month in MP History
Members of the Security Branch and their families begin deploying to nine different Canadian Embassies throughout the world.
This program would later evolve into the Military Security Guard Unit (MSGU), the predecessor to the Military Police Security Service (MPSS).
Legends of the Thunderbird
The Thunderbird has been the symbol of Military Police in the Canadian Armed Forces for more than 45 years. In 1967, with unification of the three armed services into a single organization on the horizon (Royal Canadian Navy, Canadian Army, and Royal Canadian Air Force), the Insignia Steering Group (ISG) recommended the use of the aboriginal totemic Thunderbird as the symbol for the newly-created Security Branch.
According to one of the members of the ISG, the idea for the Thunderbird as an appropriate symbol was originated by Captain Alexander Kinnear, a past president of the Canadian Military Intelligence Association (CMIA). Captain Kinnear donated to the CMIA an original wood carving of a First Nations totem pole in the form of a Thunderbird that had been created by noted Canadian aboriginal artist Henry Hunt.
You can learn much more about the reasons behind the selection of the Thunderbird as our symbol by visiting our history page.
Over the next few months, we will be posting a series of nine "Legends of the Thunderbird", which were first recorded by German anthropologist Dr. Franz Boas (1858-1942), who spent four years living with aboriginal Canadians of Canada’s pacific northwest and collecting their legends and folklore. These legends were originally published in The Thunderbird Journal, which was the official Security Branch magazine from 1982 until 1998.
We hope you enjoy reading these unique legends, and draw the same parallels between the legends of the Thunderbird and the role of the military police in Canada that ISG did in 1967.
Passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family, at the age of 87. He is survived by, in his own words, “the most important things in my life,” his wife of 60 years, Eula (nee Meikle), his daughters, Stephanie Hewitt (Tom), Andra (Jeff Brown) and his grandchildren, Emily, Olivia, Justine and Evan, of whom he was so proud. John was born in Metis Beach, Quebec (his special piece of heaven) to William James and Mary Helen Maude (McLaren). He was the youngest of four brothers, Ned, Kenny and Roy (all predeceased) and sister Marion (Bill Carlson).
John joined the Military in 1948 and had a decorated career with the C Provost Corps, and Military Police. He served overseas in the Korean War, England, Germany, and as a Peacekeeper in The Belgian Congo. He was the recipient of The Order of Military Merit and became the 1st CWO of the Security Branch of the Canadian Armed Forces.
John was highly respected in the community and loved being around people. He was an active member of Bells Corners United Church and felt so much joy when attending functions and services among friends and family. He volunteered for Seniors Home Support, and in earlier days was instrumental in starting the 1st All-Girls Soccer Team in Nepean. Everyone's faces light up when John’s name is mentioned.
He will be remembered as a lovely man with a great smile and a twinkle in his eye. He showed everyone respect and truly believed “it is nice to be important but more important to be nice”. Thank you John, Dad and Grandpa for all you gave to us.
Friends may pay respects at
Kelly Funeral Home - Kanata Chapel
580 Eagleson Rd.
from 4:00 - 7:00pm on Friday, September 23rd, 2016.
A Celebration of John’s Life will be held at Bells Corners United Church (3955 Old Richmond Road) on Saturday, September 24 at 11:00am. His final resting place will be Metis Beach United Church Cemetery at a date to follow.
Donations in John’s name would greatly be appreciated to The University of Ottawa Heart Institute: Defibrillator and Pacemaker Clinic. Condolences and Sharing Memories at www.kellyfh.ca
Obituary - WO Michael Gallant, CD1
The CMPA is sad to belatedly report the passing of WO Michael Gallant, who lost his battle to cancer on 1 September 2017.
Mike was a 27-year veteran of the Military Police Branch, and will be missed by those who had the honour of serving with him.
A detailed obituary has been published by the East Haven Funeral Home, and reads in part:
It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that today we have lost a Son, a Brother, a Husband, a Father, and a Friend. Michael Stanley Gallant (25 Nov 1967 - 01 Sept 2016) passed quietly at the VG hospital surrounded by his family. Mike is survived by his wife Sharon, daughters Samantha and Katie, his parents Michael and Madonna Gallant, his sisters Bonita (Brad) Hutchinson, Shannon (Brendan) O’Quinn, his niece Hannah, nephew Liam, his grandmother Margaret Aucoin, in-laws Gerald and Ellen Lomond, brother in-laws Raymond(Michelle) Lomond , Jeff(Sylvia) Lomond, Terry(Janet) Osmond nieces Jennifer, Jeannette, Nadine and nephews Josh and Mitchell and a large extended family of aunts, uncles and friends.
Mike loved hunting, fishing, all things outdoors, camping, riding his motorbike and spending time with his family and friends when not deployed as serving member of the Canadian Forces, Military Police Branch for 27 years.
The family would like to thank the nurses, doctors and all Palliative Care staff of the QEII, VG Site, also the staff of CFB Halifax Stadacona Hospital, JPSU Unit, Military Police Unit and Veterans Affairs Canada Halifax Area Office for their exceptional care, kindness and support shown to the family during this time.
At the request of his family, donations in Michael's memory may be made to the Brain Tumor Foundation of Canada at www.braintumour.ca or the Military Police Fund for Blind Children at www.mpfbc.com. Online condolences may be made at www.easthavenfuneralhome.com.