Canada’s Indigenous Cultures at the Heart of Canadian Armed Forces’ Indigenous Awareness Week Celebrations

Media Advisory

May 23, 2017 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

Media are invited to attend an Indigenous Awareness Week commemorative event, hosted by the Canadian Army at National Defence Headquarters, in Ottawa. The festivities will explore the theme of “Honouring the Traditional Ways”, which invites members of the Defence Team to look at ways they can weave Indigenous history, traditions and teachings into their lives and recognizes the contribution of Indigenous people to the Canadian Armed Forces, past and present.

Where: National Defence Headquarters, 101 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa.

When: 10 a.m. to noon on May 25, 2017. Media are requested to arrive by 9:30 a.m. to allow for sign-in and security escort.

What: Journalists will attend a commemorative event including a prominent storyteller, Mr. Daniel Richer, a Métis dance performance by Prairie Fire, a display of Indigenous artefacts and demonstrations by traditional artisans. Lieutenant-General Paul Wynnyk, Commander Canadian Army and Defence Team Champion for Indigenous Peoples, will be available for brief interviews following the event.  


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Notes to editor / news director: 

Interested media are requested to contact Major Nicole Meszaros, Canadian Army Public Affairs, at or 613-796-5412, no later than noon, May 24, 2017.  


Major Nicole Meszaros
Canadian Army Public Affairs
Phone: 613-796-5412

Media Relations
Department of National Defence
Phone: 613-996-2353
Toll-Free: 1-866-377-0811


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