Junior Canadian Rangers join with Canadian Rangers and other soldiers to form a giant circle
as a ceremonial fire is lit during the opening ceremony for Camp Loon.
THUNDER BAY, ON ----- July 16, 2015 ----Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Harvey Yesno, on behalf of the Executive Council, looks forward to the arrival of nearly 160 Junior Canadian Rangers for Camp Loon, an annual summer training event in NAN territory this week.
“We are encouraged by the growth of the Junior Canadian Ranger program and the positive influence it is having on our youth, and we are pleased that so many young people are attending Camp Loon this year to improve their safety and survival skills and develop their abilities as leaders,” said NAN Grand Chief Harvey Yesno. “Through hands-on experience these Junior Rangers are building self-esteem, learning new skills and developing teamwork that will help them become healthy, responsible and productive young leaders. We recognize their dedication to improving the health and well-being of their communities.”
Camp Loon is part of the national Junior Canadian Ranger program run by the Canadian Armed Forces for youth aged 12 to 18. Held annually since 2000, the tent camp is held on Springwater Lake, approximately 50 kilometers north of Geraldton, Ontario, and provides eight days of training for Junior Rangers from 20 First Nations across NAN territory.
Opening ceremonies will be held July 15 and training ends on July 23. Activities include instruction in shooting, operation and maintenance of ATVs and watercraft, archery, swimming, and other outdoor activities.
NAN has a long-standing relationship with the Canadian Rangers and recognizes the many positive contributions they make in NAN First Nations. Across NAN territory there are approximately 525 Canadian Rangers with 20 patrols and three detachments, with an additional 725 youth in the Junior Canadian Ranger program.
“The Canadian Rangers do tremendous work to strengthen and support our communities and are often called upon as first responders for search-and-rescue operations and other incidents where the lives of community members are at risk,” said Yesno. “We acknowledge the positive impacts the Rangers are making in our communities and we look forward to working closer with them to help strengthen and support our communities.”
In 2014 the Canadian Rangers flag was presented to NAN Chiefs-in-Assembly during the annual Keewaywin Conference, and NAN presented a flag to the 3rd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group during their annual winter search and rescue exercise. Representatives of the Canadian Rangers participated in the 2009 unveiling of the NAN Veterans Flag, which honours the service and sacrifice of NAN veterans.
Sergeant Peter Moon, Canadian Rangers