Bold Eagle grad ceremony blends Canadian Forces, Indigenous traditions – Edmonton Journal

by ahnationtalk on August 11, 2017102 Views

August 11, 2017

CFB Wainwright — Military pomp and powwow mingled on the parade grounds in Wainwright as 100 young Indigenous people and their families celebrated the end of a unique basic training program.

On Thursday, the 28th class of the Canadian Forces’ Bold Eagle program graduated at the 3rd Canadian Division Training Centre in Wainwright.

The recruits — who range from age 16 to 25 and come from communities across western Canada and the territories — undergo six weeks of basic training each summer at the base 200 km southeast of Edmonton.

The program launched in 1989 as a partnership between the forces, the Federation of Sovereign Indian Nations and the Saskatchewan First Nations Veterans Association is aimed at instilling discipline and life skills in Indigenous youth.

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