Canadian Army hosts event for Indigenous Awareness Week

The Canadian Army earlier today hosted a commemorative event at National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa, as part of Indigenous Awareness Week.

The theme of the event “Dancing in Unison” considers the past while looking to the future, where all, whether Indigenous or non-Indigenous, can build a better society and a better Canada. Living in a diverse country gives the opportunity to learn about different cultures and traditions in improving inclusion for everyone.

At the event, Brigadier-General Jocelyn Paul gave the keynote address, and Lieutenant-General Paul Wynnyk, Commander, Canadian Army and Defence Team Champion for Indigenous Peoples also spoke.

Lieutenant-General Paul Wynnyk, Commander Canadian Army and Defence Team Champion for Indigenous Peoples addresses the audience at the Indigenous Awareness Week event held at National Defence Headquarters on May 24, 2018 in Ottawa, Ontario. Photo: Jay Rankin, Directorate of Army Public Affairs. ©2018 DND/MDN Canada.

“Diversity is a source of strength and flexibility, and plays a pivotal role in ensuring that we stand strong, proud, and ready to serve Canadians and meet ever more complex challenges at home and abroad,” said LGen Wynnyk.

Other activities at the event include Inuit throat singing, drum dancing, a display of artifacts, demonstrations of traditional artisanry, and the opportunity to sample Indigenous foods.

Commander Canadian Army and Defence Team Champion for Indigenous Peoples Lieutenant-General Paul Wynnyk and members of the Canadian Forces listened to a drum song during the Indigenous Awareness Event held at National Defence Headquarters on May 24, 2018 in Ottawa, Ontario. Photo: Jay Rankin, Directorate of Army Public Affairs. ©2018 DND/MDN Canada

During the week, members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and the Department of National Defence (DND) are hosting similar events at various locations across Canada.

The CAF supports many initiatives designed to help the military population reflect the diversity of Canada’s population, including Indigenous youth development programs and outreach efforts in communities across Canada. Indigenous people make up about 2.7 per cent of the military and 3.1 per cent of the civilian Defence Team populations.

“I am proud to celebrate the culture and history of the Indigenous peoples and to recognize the great contributions they have made to the CAF and the DND,” said LGen Wynnyk.

Author: Marcello Sukhdeo

Marcello is the managing editor of Vanguard, IT in Canada and Canadian Government Executive and the host of Vanguard Radio and WRLWND Radio podcasts. He is an avid technology and security enthusiast, who has worked on content leadership strategies for a number of industries including the public sector, life science, technology and defence.

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