Joe was the first Aboriginal 'Mountie' to be hired in the RCMP in Nova Scotia. His work began as a Band Constable and was soon promoted to a Regular Member in the RCMP dealing with law enforcement as well as community policing. Being recognized by his management and community relations styles he became Detachment Commander where his work involved developing and overseeing crime reduction strategies and initiatives tailored for the youth. He was instrumental in developing the RCMP's Aboriginal Community Policing which continues to be part of the RCMP's cadet training in Regina, Saskatchewan.Joe Michael, a respected Elder of the Indian Brook, Nova Scotia, Mi'kmaq nation, is a retired Royal Canadian Mounted Police member whose work extended for 25 years throughout Nova Scotia, Canada. who demonstrates fair and ethical leadership, which inspires excellence. He has a Life time commitment as a 'Pipe Carrier' helping all races better understand Aboriginal culture.
During his tenure with the RCMP, and to this day, Joe establishes many programs aimed at rendering an understanding of Aboriginal relations to stakeholders which is surrounded by his relentless passion in educating the Youth. In his words, "We must ensure to steer children so they become aware of life's many options and the important role they play in our future."