People of the CBSA: Krystle Topping's story
Krystle Topping, Regional Indigenous Affairs Advisor
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I started my career as a student in commercial operations. I felt so drawn to the work at CBSA that I then applied to become a Border Services Officer. As an officer, I worked both at Halifax International Airport and Marine Operations.
When the opportunity presented itself for me to apply for the position as the Regional Indigenous Affairs Advisor, I felt like it was meant to be. The main responsibilities are to provide support to Indigenous communities with regards to border crossing, including exercising their Section 35 Canadian constitutional rights and traveling with sacred items.
Advise frontline operations when processing Indigenous travelers, and provide Indigenous cultural awareness to our frontline staff. In this role, I also supported the recruitment of Indigenous Peoples to the CBSA. I do believe that CBSA is on the right path towards the work of reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.
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