I am speaking to you from the traditional unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabeg people. I recognize that this land has long been a place of meeting and gathering for Indigenous people, and we join you in a spirit of respect and reconciliation.
This is an important day that will be difficult for many. We are confronting — and acknowledging — a number of difficult truths.For far too long, too many members of the Canadian Armed Forces and Defence Team family have suffered harm… and lived in fear of reprisal for reporting that harm.
Today, I would like to directly address all persons who have been harmed by sexual harassment, sexual assault, and discrimination based on sex, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation while working—in the past or present—at the Department of National Defence, in the Canadian Armed Forces, or as part of the Staff of Non Public Funds, Canadian Forces.
I’d like to begin by acknowledging that I’m speaking from the traditional territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabeg people. Thanks for that kind introduction, and thanks to Stéfanie von Hlatky for inviting me back to the KCIS.
Operations, as you know, are our raison d’etre. They’re why we train … plan… write doctrine … recruit … and equip ourselves.Our operating environment is complex, ever-changing, and increasingly and evermore contested.