Canadian Rangers Hold Ceremony on Aboriginal Veterans Day

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Canadian Rangers salute during a sunset ceremony on National Aboriginal Veterans Day
Canadian Rangers salute during a sunset ceremony on National Aboriginal Veterans Day

Canadian Rangers salute during a sunset ceremony on National Aboriginal Veterans Day
Canadian Rangers salute during a sunset ceremony on National Aboriginal Veterans Day
OWEN SOUND – Canadian Rangers on a week-long military training course took time out of their busy program to hold a sunset ceremony to observe National Aboriginal Veterans Day on November 8.

The ceremony was held by 48 Rangers from 18 First Nations from across Northern Ontario who were training in search and rescue techniques at the 4th Canadian Division Training Centre at Meaford, near Owen Sound.

They gathered with Canadian Armed Forces instructional staff and other military personnel in a large circle around a ceremonial fire, with many of them of the Rangers carrying the flags of their home communities.

The Rangers offered tobacco, said prayers, and laid a commemorative wreath. At the end of the ceremony they placed their red Poppies on logs around the fire.

“It honoured our veterans,” said Master Corporal Albert Sutherland of Constance Lake who laid the wreath on behalf of the Rangers. “I was proud to be part of it and I bet everyone felt the same as me.”

“It was a moving ceremony,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Matthew Richardson, the commanding officer of 3rd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group, which commands the 630 Rangers in 23 First Nations across Northern Ontario. “The Aboriginal contributions to the Canadian Armed Forces have been very significant.”

Master Corporal Albert Sutherland of Constance Lake lays his Poppy at the side of the ceremonial fire
Master Corporal Albert Sutherland of Constance Lake lays his Poppy at the side of the ceremonial fire

(Sergeant Peter Moon is the public affairs ranger for the 3rd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group at Canadian Forces Base Borden.)

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Sergeant Peter Moon is the public affairs ranger for the 3rd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group. Canadian Rangers are army reservists who provide a military presence in Canada's remote and isolated regions, including Northern Ontario. They provide skilled assistance in emergencies such as searches, plane crashes, forest fires, and floods. They also operate the Junior Canadian Rangers, a youth programme for boys and girls aged 12 to 18.