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Measures of recruitment and retention

Due to their continued contribution to Canadian military operations , indigenous peoples are an asset to the defense . A number of measures have been taken to stimulate the participation of Aboriginal people in the Canadian Forces. Several important policies and programs have been designed to raise awareness of career opportunities in the Canadian Forces and make it more attractive military life for Aboriginal people.

In the early 1970s , the armed forces begin to deploy special recruitment efforts to encourage Aboriginal people to enlist. The Aboriginal Entry Program North was launched in 1971 to attract Aboriginal people living north of the 60th parallel in the Canadian Forces . A recruitment agency created specifically is responsible for visiting the Arctic communities regularly. Interested Aboriginal candidates are invited to a pre- recruitment training to prepare them to meet the demands of military life. However, this initiative did little success : few recruits who possess the education required , fewer still are those who complete basic training and only a tiny fraction eventually pursue a career in the Canadian Forces. The program is suspended in 1999.

The new initiatives are taking more of a better relationship for both Aboriginal participants for the armed forces. The Bold Eagle Program , a joint initiative of the Ministry of National Defence, the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada , the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations ( FSIN ) and the Saskatchewan Indian Veterans' Association , was launched in 1990. It aims to increase self-esteem among Aboriginal youth in the Prairie provinces . The program includes six weeks of basic recruit training militia supplemented by outreach to First Nations culture organized by the FSIN and directed by the Elders. Participants are introduced to the life and service in the Canadian Forces. The program has been a huge success. Thus , 58 of the 59 candidates for the exercise Bold Eagle 1999 receive their diplomas . Graduates are not required to enter the Primary Reserve at the end of the course, but they have the opportunity . In 1999, ten participants are enrolled in the Primary Reserve and three in the Regular Force. Many others return to their communities with a new confidence. According to Howard Anderson, Grand Chief of the Saskatchewan First Nations Veterans , youth out of the Bold Eagle Program " high and damn proud head. This is really a great bunch of young when they leave . " Bomber Kisha Potts, program graduate , joined the Reserve and will serve in Afghanistan. Another program , Sergeant Tommy Prince Army Training Initiative , aims to increase the number of Aboriginal people who serve in the infantry and related trades combat arms .


The recruited participants are grouped into units the size of a pack and they follow a course that integrates specialized familiarization views and indigenous values.

The Aboriginal Entry Program Canadian Forces was launched in 2000 to educate Aboriginal prior to enrollment on training opportunities and full-time employment in the Regular Force. While Aboriginal Entry Program North was exclusively recruiting Aboriginal youth in remote northern regions , the new program welcomes all indigenous regions of the country recruits. It includes two courses of instruction prior to recruitment : the first gives Yellowknife, Northwest Territories , for recruits who live in the far north, and second , in Farnham , Quebec, for all recruits Aboriginal Peoples' Program . At the end of the course , candidates can apply for a job in the Regular Force and begin their Basic Military Qualification , but they are not required . When the program was announced , the Minister of National Defence hoped he would double the proportion of First Nations, Inuit and Métis serving in the Canadian Forces to bring it to 3 p. 100 .

In 2007, the Chief of Military Personnel Announces "Year of Leadership Opportunity for Aboriginal (AILA ) ," one-year program that will be offered at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario , and host thirty Aboriginal candidates. The first contingent arrived at the beginning of the school year 2008 . The program, offered under the direction of the Canadian Defence Academy , is " an important step to ensure that indigenous applicants the opportunity to make friends , interact , learn and develop leadership skills in a bilingual , multicultural and particularly diverse environment. "



AILA is to allow selected to undertake university studies Aboriginal candidates to acquire military skills, develop leadership skills and to sport.


This program promotes leadership and personal growth in a challenging and positive learning environment , contributes to raising awareness of the Canadian Forces Canadian communities and offers the possibility of Aboriginal serve Canada as leaders , possibly the Canadian Forces . AILA candidates are selected from all regions of Canada by a senior review committee composed of senior civil servants and senior military officers advised by an Aboriginal advisory committee where there are school counselors from four major aboriginal groups ( Assembly First Nations , Métis National Council , ITK and national Association of friendship Centres) . Cultural support activities are carried out in consultation with the advisory committee.

Over the past 10 years, the military has taken other important steps to make the Canadian Forces a more welcoming environment for Aboriginal people and their unique cultures. The Aboriginal Advisory Group Defense works to improve relations between Aboriginal and armed by identifying the problems faced by indigenous members of the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Forces military and civilian forces, increasing rates of retention and ensuring workplaces comfortable and productive for Aboriginal people. The armed forces have also taken steps to respect the religious beliefs by allowing Aboriginal people in uniform to keep their tresses , insofar as this does not compromise safety. Forces recognize the diversity of Canadian society is an asset and Aboriginal members are an essential part of their future strategy that will allow them to remain a proud representative institution of the people of Canada and their aspirations and values.

Aboriginal serving overseas with the Canadian Forces today continue to enrich their military heritage. They also contribute significantly to the preservation of the heritage of the units in which they serve the country. Seen here in the company of veterans , Sergeant Ronald R. Leblanc ( squatting ) , the British Columbia Regiment (BCR) . In 2006 , Sergeant Leblanc organized a small expedition to climb both peaks of the Rocky Mountains located near the Peter Lougheed Provincial Park in Kananaskis, Alberta. Operation SUMMIT DUKE was to place two plaques at the peak apex named in honor of two former commanders. Under an agreement with Parks Canada , the two plates were instead installed at the trailhead of the upper Kananaskis Lake , overlooking the two peaks. Mount Hart- McHarg was named in honor of Lieutenant Colonel William Frederick Hart- McHarg , killed in action during the Second Battle of Ypres, April 24, 1915 . Mount Worthington honors the memory of Lieutenant Colonel Donald Grant Worthington , killed in action during the Battle of Normandy 9 August 1944 .