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Military personnel in Proud Boys incident return to regular duty

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Military personnel and members of the Proud Boys who disrupted a Mi’kmaq ceremony in Halifax on July 1 are back at their regular jobs. (Anjuli Patil/CBC)

No criminal charges or demotions against men who harassed people at Mi’kmaq ceremony in Halifax

By Susan Bradley, CBC News, August 31, 2017

Four of the five Canadian Forces personnel who said they were members of the group the Proud Boys and disrupted a Mi’kmaq ceremony in Halifax on July 1 have been allowed to return to their regular duties. Read the rest of this entry

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Junior Canadian Rangers attend advanced training camp in northern Ontario

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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

5 military members face review over confrontation at Mi’kmaq protest

by Jeff Lagerquist, CTV News, July 4, 2017

Five Canadian Armed Forces members who appeared in an online video of a confrontation at an Indigenous protest in Halifax on Canada Day will be removed from duty and training while the military conducts an investigation into their conduct, according to the nation’s top soldier. 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

Racism and discrimination “rampant” throughout ranks and elements of Canadian Armed Forces says report

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Canadian Forces soldiers from 3 PPCLI train in urban combat in Poland, 2014.

by Dennis Ward, APTN National News, Jan 19, 2017

A report by the Defence Aboriginal Advisory Group says racism and discrimination “is a systemic issue” within Canadian Armed Forces that is “rampant throughout all ranks of elements of Land, Air Force and Navy” and the issue is serious enough that an external review is imminent. Read the rest of this entry

Indigenous military members endure ‘systemic’ racism, report claims

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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

Echoes of Oka: Trudeau minister says military involvement possible against oil pipeline resistance

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Canadian soldier and warrior face off during 1990 Oka Crisis.

by Jorge Barrera, APTN National News, December 2, 2016

Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr suggested Thursday Canada is prepared to deploy the military against anti-pipeline actions deemed “not to be peaceful,” raising the possibility the country could face a scenario last seen during the Oka Crisis in 1990. Read the rest of this entry

First Nations group granted access to Kapyong Barracks for ceremony

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A group of people are camped out on Morpeth Boulevard, in front of the former Kapyong Barracks land. (Kenza Kaghat/CBC)

CBC News, May 31, 2016

A First Nations group is being allowed inside the former Kapyong Barracks to perform a ceremony.

The Department of National Defence let the group into the former military base on Tuesday after the group set up camp, demanding access.

Kylo Prince from Long Plain First Nation said Col. Andy Cook helped the group gain access to the land. Read the rest of this entry

Canadian Army units to begin receiving TAPV in the summer

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Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle (TAPV).

by David Pugliese, Ottawa Citizen, May 25, 2016

Textron Systems Canada, Inc., announced that the Canadian Forces’ Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle (TAPV) is being displayed for the first time since completing its Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and Durability (RAMD) test program. The vehicle is on display at CANSEC at the EY Centre in Ottawa.

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Canadian Forces learn winter survival skills in northern Ontario

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Canadian Forces Rangers firing the C7A2 assault rifle during Exercise Trillium Response 2016 held in northern Ontario. Photo: Ottawa Citizen

By Peter Moon, Ottawa Citizen, Feb 19, 2016

About 900 members of the Canadian Armed Forces are completing the largest winter training exercise of its kind ever held across the Far North of Ontario.

“It’s been a great success,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Matthew Richardson, commanding officer of the 3rd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group. “It’s provided an experience for soldiers from the south, both regular force and reserves, to get to an area of potential operations that many of them have never experienced before in their lives. It has let them train with the Canadian Rangers, interact with the peoples of the First Nations, and prepare to respond to a domestic emergency in the North if they are needed.” Read the rest of this entry