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4th Canadian Division to Host Canadian Army’s Indigenous Summer Program: Grey Wolf

After a three-year hiatus, the Canadian Army’s Indigenous Summer Program, Grey Wolf, is back and welcoming all Indigenous people living in Ontario.

The eight-week program will be at the 4th Canadian Division Training Centre in Meaford, ON, and will combine Indigenous culture and teachings with military training.

Above image is from the RAVEN Field Phase. RAVEN is in held in British Columbia. Image courtesy of the CAF.

Dynamic Course Gives Opportunity for Indigenous People

According to the Department of National Defence (DND), the program is aimed at helping participants learn more about themselves and hone skills such as “self-confidence, discipline, leadership, teamwork, time management, respect, and fitness.”

“After a 3-year hiatus, I am extremely excited that we are running the Grey Wolf program once again. This dynamic course will give an opportunity for Indigenous people in Ontario to receive military training and acquire important life skills that will be valuable to themselves and their communities. I hope that the Grey Wolf program will appeal to Indigenous persons and that they come to see if service in the Canadian Armed Forces is an option for their future,” said BGen. Josh Major, Commander, 4th Canadian Division/Joint Task Force Central.

Grey Wolf is one of five Indigenous summer employment programs running nationwide. Other programs include Black Bear (NB), Carcajou (QC), Raven (BC), and Bold Eagle (AB).

Above image is from the Raven program, which is in held in British Columbia. RAVEN graduation. Image courtesy of the CAF.

Requesting a Recruiter

Individuals can request a Grey Wolf Recruiter to come and visit their community or organization to learn more about the program.

“Please send a detailed email request for consideration to the Grey Wolf Recruiter for requests to visit rural or remote locations, the Grey Wolf Recruiter will try to include your community, when it is feasible to do so, during a planned visit to the region,” writes DND.

Above image is from the Raven program, which is in held in British Columbia.. Image courtesy of the CAF.

How to Enrol

To participate in the program, people need to meet all three of the following criteria:

  • an Indigenous person residing in Ontario,
  • citizen or permanent resident of Canada,
  • at least 16 years old to enrol.

All those under the age of 18 must have parental or guardian permission. Those enrolling must also have completed the 10th grade or have 15 credits of Quebec Secondary IV. In addition, they must also meet the CAF common enrolment medical standard.

Contact the nearest Canadian Army Reserve unit for more information or call 416-633-6200 ext 5524 or ext 5120.

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Mishall Rehman

Originally from Atlanta, GA, Mishall is a freelance journalist pursuing her passion for writing in her new homeland Canada. She currently lives in Trenton, ON with her husband.

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