RCMP Supt. Murray Power accepted a shell necklace from Guadalcanal premier Anthony Veke

Solomon Islands forge bond with Langley

The Solomon Islands is looking to establish closer ties with Langley Township and particularly the Langley RCMP.

The Solomon Islands is planning to re-locate its consulate to Langley, the first diplomatic post to be established in the Township.

On Monday, Premier Anthony Veke of the Solomons’ Guadalcanal Province visited with Langley RCMP officers.

The local police have established a relationship over the past several years with Ashwant Dwivedi, head of the Solomons consular post in Canada.

Veke thanked the RCMP for a book of condolences sent after flash floods struck the Solomons in 2014.

The island nation has a population of about 550,000, and like Canada, it is a former colony of Great Britain.

In 2014, flash flooding ravaged the Solomon Islands, which lie in the South Pacific north-east of Papua New Guinea.

The floods killed 22 people and displaced up to 50,000 from their homes, destroying buildings and farms.

Local consular head Dwivedi had a previous relationship with local police. He had offered training on diplomatic issues and had been a member of a diversity committee.

In honour of that relationship, the Langley RCMP set up a book of condolences at the detachment, signed by both mayors and then-head of the detachment Supt. Derek Cooke.

Veke visited to thank the Langleys for the outpouring of support.

He said the words and prayers of Langley residents helped propel Solomon Islanders to rebuild.

Veke also said that the Islands could learn a lot from the RCMP, particularly on community policing.

He said he was considering sending police commanders to Langley for training.

Dwivedi also expressed appreciation for the book of condolences, which is now in Guadalcanal provincial offices.

Current head of the Langley RCMP, Supt. Murray Power, was presented a traditional shell necklace as a token of thanks.

Power mentioned how even with Canada’s greater infrastructure and size, natural disasters can happen here as well, noting the Fort McMurray wildfires.

When it comes to disasters, Dwivedi pointed to the destruction climate change is causing in the Solomon Islands.

“We are a living victim of climate change,” Dwivedi said.

Five islands in the chain are now underwater, lost to rising sea levels. Another 11 may be lost, Dwivedi said.

The Solomons have 40,000 internally displaced people at the present, out of a population of a little more than 550,000.



Just Posted

Glow festivities in Langley expand to include fall show

Langley nursery transforms greenhouses for a new fall festival of lights, pumpkins, and family fun.

BMX racing takes Langley barista to World Cup in Argentina

Drew Mechielsen encourages other girls to get involved in riding, whether competitive or not.

Apple heritage celebrated with Langley’s heritage apples

An annual party, in which families pay homage to the fruit, is on tap for Saturday at Derby Reach.

Fort Langley to hold all-candidates meeting

A forum in the village includes Township of Langley school trustee, council, and mayoral candidates.

Aldergrove Mall site becomes election issue

Letter from developers supporting current Township council sparks flurry of responses

VIDEO: More cameras, police coming after Marissa Shen killed in Burnaby park

B.C. privacy watchdog worries that the cameras are a ‘slow creep’ to a surveillance state

Arborist killed by fallen tree at Maple Ridge Golf Course

Was working near the 9th tee box of the golf course.

Rattie scores 3 as Oilers blank Canucks 6-0

Vancouver slips to 1-5 in exhibition play

Veterans Affairs ordered to take second look before supporting vets’ relatives

Liberal government ordered officials to adopt a more critical eye

Dead B.C. motorcyclist was member of group that raced down mountain road

Some group members record their rides on Strathcona Parkway and post times to page

Indigenous athletes in spotlight at BC Sports Hall of Fame

New gallery to feature Carey Price, Kaila Mussel and Richard Peter

B.C. couple who went missing on flight from Edmonton named by family

Family released a statement Wednesday saying they’re still intent on finding the two-seater plane

Abbotsford raccoon dies from injuries suffered in a trap

Wildlife protection group offering $1,000 reward for information about incident

B.C. woman donates $250,000 to ovarian cancer research for friends

Two of Patty Pitts’s friends passed away from the disease within a year

Most Read