WATCHERS OF THE NORTH: Canadian Rangers to be Featured in Upcoming Six-part APTN Miniseries

5 10 2012

Watchers of the North is an upcoming six-part APTN miniseries chronicling the daily lives of the Canadian Rangers, one of the most intriguing military regiments in the Canadian Forces.

Formed in the closing stages of WWII and expanding during the Cold War, the Canadian Rangers are made up of local Aboriginal and Inuit men and women who patrol Canada’s far north, watching for suspicious activity and reinforcing Canada’s Arctic sovereignty.

Watchers of the North focuses on two communities in Nunavut with strong Rangers traditions: Gjoa Haven and Taloyoak . Each episode’s action-oriented stories portray the professional and personal challenges of being an aboriginal Canadian Ranger in a remote, strategically placed town in the Canadian North. We’ll follow the Rangers from their training regiments to their patrols,  watch as they check on Canada’s northern radar arrays and deal with polar bears that approach their communities, and chronicle the Rangers’ part in Operation Nunalivut, one of the Canadian Forces’ largest Northern exercises.

Check out the miniseries blog: Watchers of the North

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Video: Saint-Augustin Canadian Ranger Patrol

24 11 2010

The Saint-Augustin Canadian Ranger Patrol, located in the Lower North Shore of Quebec, conducted its annual training from Oct 23rd to Nov 3rd 2010.

The Canadian Rangers, a sub-component of the Canadian Forces (CF) Reserve, provide patrols and detachments for employment on national-security and public-safety missions in those sparsely settled northern, coastal and isolated areas of Canada which can not conveniently or economically be covered by other elements or components of the CF.

Formally established in 1947,the Canadian Rangers protect Canada’s sovereignty by reporting unusual activities or sightings, collecting local data of significance to the CF, and conducting surveillance or sovereignty patrols as required.





Video: Kuujjuaq Junior Canadian Ranger Patrol

24 11 2010

The Kuujjuaq Junior Canadian Ranger Patrol, located in Nunavik, province of Quebec, conducted a training activity during the weekend of November 13 and 14, 2010.

The aim of the Junior Canadian Rangers Programme is to promote traditional cultures and lifestyles by offering a variety of structured activities to young people living in remote and isolated communities.

Under the supervision of the Canadian Rangers, these young Canadians (ages 12 to 18) become active and engaged citizens of their local communities.

Background
Kuujjuaq (Inuktitut: ᑰᔾᔪᐊᖅ) is the largest Inuit village in Nunavik, Quebec, Canada with a population of 2,132 as of the 2006 census. It is the administrative capital of Nunavik and lies on the western shore of the Koksoak River. Kuujjuaq previously was known as Fort Chimo. Chimo is a mispronunciation of the phrase saimuuq, “Let’s shake hands!” Early fur traders were often welcomed with this phrase which they eventually adopted as the name of the trading post. A fictional account of this naming is found in the novel Ungava by Robert Michael Ballantyne.





Canadian Arctic Response Company Trained in Ranger Survival Techniques

12 10 2010

Resolute Bay, NU – Troops make bannock, learn history of inukshuks during off base training.

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Report: A Uniform Policy to Regulate Shipping in the Arctic Region

6 10 2010

Sovereign states, international governmental organizations and the maritime industry should help prepare a uniform policy to regulate shipping in the Arctic region and engage with native populations while doing so, according to a report released by the University of Alaska Fairbanks in collaboration with Dartmouth and the University of the Arctic’s Institute for Applied Circumpolar Policy last month.

The report, “Considering a Roadmap Forward: The Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment,” called for a “Polar Code” that would present guidelines to protect the Arctic region from the adverse ecological, social and economic impacts of increased shipping and commercial marine activity. The threats to the Arctic have grown recently because receding ice cover is opening up access to mineral resources in the area, jeopardizing the region’s ecosystem and native populations, according to Kenneth Yalowitz, the director of the Dickey Center for International Understanding. Yalowitz is the co-chairman of the IACP.

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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.”

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