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JUNIOR RANGER FROM PEAWANUCK ONE OF FIVE YOUTH WRITING AWARD WINNERS


Create: 12/16/2017 - 03:56

A last minute decision to submit a poem for a writing competition has won a Junior Canadian Ranger from the remote Cree community of Peawanuck a prestigious Indigenous writing award.

“I’d wrltten a couple of poems before,” said Junior Ranger Nova Gull, 16. “And then I wrote (the winning entry) and everyone liked it. At the last moment, we decided to enter it for the competition.”

That required typing it out, putting it an e-mail to Timmins, where it was printed, and rushed to a mail box just before the midnight deadline for entries.

CANADIAN RANGERS SAVE MISSING TRAPPER FROM PEAWANUCK

Create: 11/29/2017 - 03:03

Canadian Rangers have completed a challenging search and rescue mission to save the life of an overdue trapper who fell through lake ice along with his snowmobile.

“It’s first time the Rangers have had to search for me,“ said the trapper, James Chapman, who is a retired Ranger sergeant. “It was a relief to see them.”

He went through the ice in an area about 50 kilometers south of Peawanuck, a small Cree community near the Hudson Bay coast. He was on his way to his trap line.

NEW CANADIAN RANGER PATROL OPENS WITH INFORMAL CEREMONY


Create: 10/24/2017 - 01:19

A remote community in the Far North of Ontario now has its own Canadian Ranger patrol, only four months after Rangers from other communities flew to it to help during a youth suicide crisis.

“I’m excited, the community is excited,” said Chief Johnny Yellowhead of Nibinamik First Nation. ‘It’s a historic moment for my community. We’ve been wanting the Canadian Ranger program for a long time. They can do a lot for us.”

Nibinamik, also known as Summer Beaver, is a fly-in Oji-Cree community of about 350 people, located 500 kilometers north of Thunder Bay.

CANADIAN RANGERS RAISE THE INVICTUS GAMES FLAG AT OFFICIAL OPENING

Create: 09/24/2017 - 23:06

Six Canadian Rangers from five Northern Ontario First Nations played a prominent part by raising the official flag of the Invictus Games at the spectacular opening ceremony of the Games in Toronto, watched by an international television audience of millions of viewers.

Four Junior Canadian Rangers from Lac Seul First Nation, near Sioux Lookout, holding tall Maple Leaf banners, were part of the military cadet honour guard.

JUNIOR CANADIAN RANGERS HAVE ‘AWESOME’ TIME FIGHTING FIRE


Create: 03/17/2017 - 01:24

A group of Junior Canadian Rangers from Attawapiskat learned how to start fires and put them out with a fire extinguisher during a weekend visit to Moose Factory on the James Bay coast.

“It was awesome,” said Junior Ranger Dalton Shisheesh. “I enjoyed myself. It was fun but I also learned from it. We all did.”

CANADIAN RANGER INSTRUCTORS CARRY SHOTGUNS FOR PROTECTION


Create: 02/11/2017 - 05:14

Most members of the Canadian Armed Forces never fire a shotgun as part of their military training or duties. But the instructors of 3rd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group carry them routinely when they travel to the Far North of Ontario to train Canadian Rangers.

“It’s a very effective weapon against black bears and polar bears,” said Captain Caryl Fletcher, the officer commanding the 630 Canadian Rangers in 23 First Nations in Northern Ontario. “They have lots of encounters with bears in camp areas when they are training with the Rangers.”

JUNIOR CANADIAN RANGER PROGRAM A GROWING SUCCESS IN NORTHERN ONTARIO


Create: 02/03/2017 - 05:09

The Junior Canadian Rangers program is becoming a successful youth program in Northern Ontario.

“We now have almost 1,000 Junior Canadian Rangers in 20 First Nations,” said Captain John McNeil, the Canadian Army officer who commands the Junior Rangers in Northern Ontario. “The actual number is 979. It’s great news because it proves the program is working. It not only proves to us that the program is working but it proves it to the people who provide the money and the funding.”

Canadian Rangers observe National Aboriginal Veterans Day

Create: 11/10/2016 - 04:15

Canadian Rangers on a weeklong military training course took time out of their busy program to hold a sunset ceremony to observe National Aboriginal Veterans Day on November 8.

Rangers held the ceremony from 18 First Nations from across northern Ontario that were training in search and rescue techniques at the 4th Canadian Division Training Centre at Meaford, near Owen Sound.

JUNIOR CANADIAN RANGERS HONOUR A 13-YEAR OLD’S MEMORY IN FORT ALBANY


Create: 10/25/2016 - 21:52

Junior Canadian Rangers and members of the Canadian Armed Forces paid tribute at the funeral on Saturday for a Junior Ranger who committed suicide in Fort Albany, a small Cree community on the coast of James Bay.

Garrett Tomagatick, 13, died on October 15, the result, according to his family and others, of bullying and constant comments about problems with his weight. His death occurred after his sister, Thomasania, 27, took her own life on March 6 of last year. Garrett’s death was the fourth suicide in Fort Albany this year.

Webequie Rangers rescue stranded travellers on winter road

Create: 01/30/2016 - 02:25

Norman Shewaybick and his son Norman had been stranded for several hours when their truck got stuck in deep snow on the winter road between Nibinimik First Nation (Summer Beaver) and their home in Webequie First Nation.

As the temperature dropped during the night to a low of -28C with a wind chill of -40C on Thursday morning they were forced to use the truck’s engine to provide themselves with heat. They could only use it for limited periods so they could conserve what remained of their fuel. They were cold and exhausted from trying to dig their vehicle out of the snow.

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