Part 6 – Conclusion

The CAF is an institution rich in history and traditions, both of which have a substantial and positive impact on the culture. Unfortunately, all too often incidents come to light that deviate from the fundamental cultural norm that most CAF members consider acceptable. Occurrences of sexual misconduct, while both shocking and disturbing to Canadians and CAF members alike, demand a cultural evolution within the CAF to ensure that all members are treated with dignity and respect. This evolution is taking place under the auspices of Operation HONOUR, and while the underlying changes are significant, the aspects of the professional culture that have contributed to the competency and pride of the organisation will be preserved.

The CAF will continue to enhance and expand the existing partnership with the SMRC and create an environment that will fully care for those impacted by sexual misconduct and sustain a culture where every individual is treated with dignity and respect. The CAF will increasingly partner with the SMRC for support in this effort as we move forward.

The CAF will develop a comprehensive strategy to ensure this culture evolves and will create a strategic plan within six months of the release of this report. This plan will guide the creation of formal governance arrangements and drive policies that will create the conditions to support the success of the culture associated initiatives. 

Many of the initiatives that have been, or will be, launched under the banner of Operation HONOUR will be integrated into this plan, and it will provide an ongoing and evolving source of progress. Included in this work will be the development of a comprehensive performance measurement system that will allow a clear understanding of our progress. It takes a very long time to achieve culture change; however, having the knowledge of what is working and what is not will accelerate our success.

As clearly stated in Canadian Defence Policy, every woman and man who serves their country deserves to be treated with dignity and respect—anything less is simply unacceptable. Operation HONOUR relies upon the continuing support of every member of the CAF. The leadership example of the chain of command is essential across the CAF—leadership at all levels is responsible for the way CAF members are treated and will remain accountable for the success of the operation.  

The Canadian Armed Forces is a highly professional, combat ready force representing Canada’s ability to protect our national interests in a dangerous world as well as our sovereignty at home. The CAF must always remain operationally ready for this mission; sexual misconduct seriously undermines our operational readiness and must eliminated.

To accomplish our mission, the CAF will continue to leverage the strongest characteristics of our culture to eradicate the worst behaviours that emerge.

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