Canadian Forces ‘Bold Eagle’ Develops Aboriginal Military & Life Skills

6 10 2010

Wainwright, Alberta — Bold Eagle is a Canadian Forces program designed for Aboriginal youth in Western Canada. The students who graduate from the program receive Army Reserve Basic Military Qualification training (BMQ), potential high school credits, $3,400 and a character-building experience to last a lifetime.

“Bold Eagle is a very successful Aboriginal youth development program that’s been around for 21 years now,” said Major Nolan Kemp, Bold Eagle Coordinator. “The program is designed to instil … self confidence, self discipline, teamwork and physical fitness.”

Culture Camp
In addition, Native customs and traditions are embraced throughout the program. One of the unique aspects of Bold Eagle is Culture Camp, which makes up the first four days of the program. During the camp, students learn traditional teachings by elders, take part in pipe ceremonies and sweat lodges, and even build traditional teepees.

“When I was in [the service], I didn’t have any culture camp. That’s why [seeing] our young people succeed is important to me,” said Mike Pinay, First Nation consultant.

Throughout this relatively relaxed portion of the course, two elders living in the camp are available to the recruits during training, where students foster teamwork and better prepare themselves a military or civilian career. “It’s really about building a personal resume for the future for the youth who attend the program,” said Maj Kemp.

Basic military qualification
Following Culture Camp, students have a firm grip on teamwork and esprit de corps. After a brief ceremony, the young recruits switch to boot camp mode, which resembles typical BMQ. Students undergo weapons training and learn rank structure, drills and field craft.
In the end, there is a graduation parade with a unique blend of military and Native traditions. The new Chief of the Land Staff, Lieutenant-General Peter Devlin, acted as the reviewing officer.

This year’s 86 graduates bring the total number of Bold Eagle alumni to over 1,000 since the program began 21 years ago. Its success has spawned two additional Aboriginal programs: Raven, a Navy course on the West Coast, and the newer Black Bear, in Borden, Ontario.

Canadian Forces – Army News




4 responses

22 12 2010

how do i sign up for this can u please email me the info!

11 09 2011
Tori Pilling

please email me registration forms and information.

25 11 2013

Hmm is anyone else having problems with the images on this blog loading?
I’m trying to determine if its a problem on my end or if it’s the blog.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

25 11 2013
CWOJournal Editor


As the sole editor of this blog, I have just gotten back to working on it.

Will look in to the missing pictures.

Thank you.

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