Manitoba Indigenous communities to welcome EAGLE’S NEST Indigenous Youth Leadership Camp

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August 24, 2017 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

The Canadian Army will host EAGLE’S NEST 2017, a skills development and training leadership camp for Indigenous youth. The EAGLE’S NEST Indigenous Youth Leadership Camp will be held near Wanipigow First Nation, located approximately 190 km north of Winnipeg and will run from August 28 until September 3, 2017.

EAGLE’S NEST 2017 will host approximately 48 Indigenous youth, from 13 to 15 years old. This camp will help participants build teamwork and leadership skills, physical fitness, and provide a variety of outdoor experiences. It consists of combining core military values, while respecting and incorporating Indigenous traditions, teachings, and culture. 

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EAGLE’S NEST 2016 participants practice embarking procedures on July 14, 2016,  at Lake Metabeskeka, Atikamekw of Manawan First Nation in Quebec. Photo by Corporal Frédérick Belleau, 5th  Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group © DND/MDN 2016


“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.”

—    Lieutenant-General Paul F. Wynnyk, Commander of the Canadian Army, and Department of National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces Champion for Indigenous Peoples

Quick Facts

  • The participants will be hosted by several Manitoba Indigenous communities including, Black River, Bissett, Manigotagan, Seymourville and Wanipigow.

  • EAGLE’S NEST was launched in 2013, with the name of SOARING BIRD. It was renamed EAGLE’S NEST in 2014.  

  • EAGLE’S NEST 2017 Indigenous Youth Leadership Camp is a Canadian Army-led initiative, held once a year in a different Indigenous community in Canada. Its purpose is to strengthen the common values that exist in both communities by building military skills and opening up training opportunities. 

  • This program takes Indigenous culture, values, and teachings into consideration and helps strengthen the relationship between the Canadian Army and the Indigenous Peoples of Canada. 

  • The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) offer various other development programs for Indigenous youth, such as Aboriginal Leadership Opportunity Year, the Canadian Forces Aboriginal Entry Program, and the summer programs BOLD EAGLE, BLACK BEAR, and RAVEN. 

  • Through Strong, Secure, Engaged, Canada’s new Defence Policy, the CAF is working to fully leverage Canada’s diversity by promoting diversity and inclusion as a core value across the Defence team.

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