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Junior Canadian Rangers attend advanced training camp in northern Ontario

CF rangers junior riflesby David Pugliese, Ottawa Citizen, July 19, 2017

Camp Loon, the annual Junior Canadian Ranger advanced training camp, has begun, with a opening ceremony featuring a demonstration of Indigenous dancing by a Canadian Ranger. Read the rest of this entry

Rear admiral apologizes to Indigenous recruits for sailor’s ‘war cry’ insult

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Aboriginal recruits are given a tour of HMCS Fredericton. (Canadian Armed Forces)

Member of HMCS Fredericton taunted Aboriginal recruits during an introductory training program

By Elizabeth Chiu, CBC News, May 26, 2017

The head of the Royal Canadian Navy on the East Coast apologized Friday to a group of Indigenous military recruits who were offended by a “war cry” a sailor made on board HMCS Fredericton earlier this month in Halifax. Read the rest of this entry

Indigenous military members endure ‘systemic’ racism, report claims


Indigenous youth recruits from all over Western Canada graduate from the six-week Bold Eagle basic training course in Wainwright, Alta. (CBC)

Draft report obtained by CBC News calls for investigation into allegations by Indigenous members

By Ashley Burke, CBC News, December 13, 2016

Indigenous members of the Canadian military face “systemic racism,” according to a draft report obtained by CBC News that calls for an external review.

“We strongly believe there is a systemic issue within the Department of National Defence (DND) and Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) that is rampant throughout all ranks and elements of Land, Air Force and Navy and this issue is serious enough that an external review is imminent,” reads the document prepared by the Defence Aboriginal Advisory Group and handed to the former commander of the Canadian Army, Lt.-Gen. Marquis Hainse, in the spring. Read the rest of this entry

Cree RCAF member left suicidal after years of racist abuse in the military

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Master Cpl. Marc Frenette. Photo: CBC News

‘We cannot accept this sort of behaviour’ within the Royal Canadian Air Force, commanding officer says

By Ashley Burke, CBC News, Feb 11, 2016

A Cree member of the Royal Canadian Air Force says he is leaving the military after enduring years of racism that left him feeling ostracized and contemplating suicide.

Master Cpl. Marc Frenette served under “poor, incompetent and often inconsistent leadership” that allowed the alleged harassment to continue for so long, according to a military report obtained by CBC News. Read the rest of this entry

Military’s aboriginal programs do little to bolster recruitment: report

Participants in Bold Eagle aboriginal recruitment program training in Manitoba.

Participants in Bold Eagle aboriginal recruitment program training in Manitoba.

Lee Berthiaume, Ottawa Citizen, June 29, 2014

Several programs that introduced hundreds of young aboriginal people to the Canadian military over the past few years have been well-received by participants, but they appear to have done little to bolster recruitment numbers.

The findings are contained in a government-commissioned study that comes at the same time as the Canadian Forces are pushing to slash recruitment targets for aboriginals, women and visible minorities. That move has prompted concern and criticism from opposition parties and others.

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Canadian military expands effort to recruit Aboriginals

Soaring Bird Aboriginal Youth Leadership Camp graduates first students

Army News, July 25, 2013

Graduates of 'Soaring Bird' listen to speech.

Graduates of ‘Soaring Bird’ listen to speech.

Manitoulin Island, Ontario — The Soaring Bird Aboriginal Youth Leadership Camp, a skills development program for Aboriginal youth in the First Nations community of Zhiibaahaasing in western Manitoulin, has completed its inaugural run. Read the rest of this entry

Canadian military and RCMP Aboriginal recruitment program

 By Kerry Benjoe, Leader-Post, July 28, 2012
In 1998, Evan Taypotat saw a poster for the Bold Eagle Program and decided to try it.
“I was one of those guys who couldn’t sit still for too long,” he said.  “I was 18 at the time, so away I went.”  It’s a decision he will never regret.
This year, Taypotat – now known as Capt. Taypotat – is returning to the Canadian Forces program, one of many aimed at aboriginal youth, as the officer in charge. Read the rest of this entry