Aboriginal Blessing of CCGS M Charles M.B: Mid-Shore Patrol Vessel accepted by the Canadian Coast Guard Fleet64

Halifax, NS, June 20, 2014: The vessel was officially handed over by Irving Shipbuilding to the Canadian Coast Guard on Friday. Before the Coast Guard crew took hold of the new vessel, Irving Shipbuilding arranged for an Aboriginal Blessing of the ship. Earl Sack, an elder of the Mi’kmaw First Nations community of Nova Scotia performed a prayer and smudging of the ship to honor the First Nations heritage of Seaman Martin Charles.

The CCGS M.B. was named after Seaman Martin Charles, S.C., M.B., of Bamfield, British Columbia, and Hereditary Chief of the Nitinat Band. Martin Charles, now deceased, devoted his life and career to saving lives. He earned the Medal of Bravery for his instrumental role in a search and rescue incident that began with a sunken fishing vessel and ended with the crash of the helicopter assisting in the rescue efforts.

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Steve Coleman (right), Production Director at Irving Shipbuilding introduces Earl Sack (left), elder of the Mi'Kmaw community in Nova Scotia, to do an Aboriginal Blessing on the M Charles M.B. Mid-Shore Patrol Vessel while the crew looks on.