Nearly 50 Indigenous youth will be taking part in EAGLE’s NEST Indigenous Youth Leadership Camp in the coming days to hone a variety of military skills.
Held from Aug. 28 to Sept. 3 near First Nation, EAGLE’s NEST gives Indigenous youth, from 13 to 15 years old, a chance to build their teamwork and leadership skills, improve physical fitness, and take part in a variety of outdoor experiences.
The youth will be hosted by several Manitoba Indigenous communities including, Black River, Bissett, Manigotagan, Seymourville and Wanipigow.
EAGLE’s NEST, and other such Indigenous leadership programs, focus on combining core military values while respecting and incorporating Indigenous traditions, teachings, and culture.
“This summer marks the 5th anniversary of the EAGLE’S NEST Indigenous Youth Leadership Camp. Held in a different Indigenous community each year, the camp is a unique opportunity for participants and course staff to learn from each other. As the Defence Team Champion for Indigenous Peoples, I am committed to strengthening the link between our Indigenous communities and the Canadian Armed Forces,” said LGen. Paul F. Wynnyk, Commander of the Canadian Army, and Department of National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces Champion for Indigenous Peoples.
EAGLE’ NEST, an initiative of the Canadian Army, was launched in 2013 as SOARING BIRD. IT was renamed EAGLE’s NEST in 2014.
Featured image: EAGLE’S NEST 2016 participants practice embarking procedures on July 14, 2016, at Lake Metabeskeka, Atikamekw of Manawan First Nation in Quebec.