Summer training programs

From National Defence

The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) offers three summer training programs that combine military lifestyle with cultural awareness: Bold Eagle, Raven and Black Bear. 

Bold Eagle is open to Indigenous peoples living in Western Canada or Northwestern Ontario. Participants train in Wainwright, Alberta.

Raven is the Navy’s summer program for Indigenous peoples from across Canada. Participants train in Esquimalt, British Columbia.

Black Bear is an Army training program for Indigenous peoples from across Canada. Participants train in Oromocto, New Brunswick.

We arrange your travel to and from the program, living accommodations, food, clothing and all equipment. While you are in the program, you are a temporary CAF member. You will be paid around $3,500 for completing your program.

What you will learn

These six-week long programs give you a taste of military training with the option to join the CAF. You are not required to join the CAF after completing the program. The training is based on the Army Reserve Basic Military Qualification and is taught by military instructors. Subjects include:

  • general military knowledge
  • weapons handling
  • navigation
  • First Aid
  • drill
  • survival skills

All three summer training programs begin with a culture camp. The camp is designed to ease the transition from civilian to military lifestyle, and focuses on common spiritual beliefs. All culture camps are led by Elders of different First Nations and Indigenous groups. 

How to apply

You must have completed at least Grade 10 (Secondaire IV in Quebec). To apply to a summer training program, you must fill out the online application. When filling out the “Program Choices” field, choose “Bold Eagle,” “Raven” or “Black Bear.” Your application is due by the end of March so that all the arrangements can be made for the beginning of the programs in July. 

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