Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation hosts Canadian military to celebrate friendship

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News Release / May 31, 2018

May 30, 2018 – Ottawa – National Defence/ Canadian Armed Forces

Today, the Chief of Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation in Alberta and the commanding general of the Canadian Army in Western Canada met to exchange gifts and celebrate friendship and trust.

Chief Tony Alexis and Brigadier-General Trevor Cadieu, 3rd Canadian Division Commander, participated in the ceremony held at the Band hall of the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation near Glenevis, Alberta (about 85 kilometres northwest of Edmonton).

As part of the event, the Canadian Army also presented a decommissioned parachute to Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation to be used in future ceremonies, renewing a tradition between the two communities.

Other attendees at the event included school children from Grades 1 to 12 at Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation, as well as Lieutenant-Colonel Vanessa Hanrahan, Commander, Army Military Police Group, and Solomon Rolingher, the Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel of 1 Military Police Regiment who arranged for the acquistion of the parachute from the Canadian Army.


“Canada’s strength lies in our rich cultural diversity, and the same is true for the Canadian Armed Forces. This diversity is integral in ensuring that Canada’s military is innovative, inclusive and ready to conduct operations at home and abroad while representing our great nation with strength. Participating in today’s ceremony forges a deeper bond between the Indigenous and the Canadian Armed Forces communities, and I am proud to celebrate our friendship and trust.”
—    Brigadier-General Trevor Cadieu, 3rd Canadian Division Commander

“Today marks an important and historic day for our nation. This is the first time the military has visited our community and it is the first of many opportunities to continue building positive and respectful relationships with the Canadian Armed Forces. We have community members who are serving and have participated in the Bold Eagle program. We honour them today.”
—    Chief Tony Alexis, 15th Chief of the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation

“As Military Police in the Canadian Armed Forces we proudly wear the Thunderbird on our crest because we aspire every day to live up to its attributes as a symbol of protection and wise counsel. Today’s ceremony highlights our ongoing commitment to those ideals and provides us with an opportunity to encourage more Indigenous people to join our team.”
—    Lieutenant-Colonel Vanessa Hanrahan, Commander, Army Military Police Group

“When Chief Alexis mentioned the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation had once used a Canadian Armed Forces parachute for ceremony, I wondered if it might be possible to revisit the tradition. I was thrilled when the Canadian Army agreed to provide a decommissioned parachute, and with our gift today, we again extend a hand of partnership to our neighbours. As the Honourary Lieutenant-Colonel of 1 Military Police Regiment it’s part of my role to help the Regiment connect with the community, and I’m honoured in this case to have helped foster our Regiment’s connection with such a deep cultural and spiritual history.
—    Solomon Rolingher, Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel of 1 Military Police Regiment

Quick Facts

  • The Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces actively engages Indigenous Peoples across the country in a dialogue that highlights the rich cultural diversity, history and contributions that Indigenous people bring to the Canadian Armed Forces and the common ethos that the military shares with them.
  • First Nations, Inuit and Métis are valued members of Canadian society and the Defence Community, succeeding in some of the most challenging and rewarding jobs. They are part of a dynamic team of skilled professionals and leaders stationed in Canada and abroad.
  • 3rd Canadian Division is one of four operational commands of the Canadian Army.  This command is responsible for all Canadian Army administration and operations in western Canada from the Pacific Ocean to Thunder Bay, Ontario and is headquartered at 3rd Canadian Division Support Base Edmonton, Alberta.
  • Canadian Forces Military Police contribute to the effectiveness and readiness of the Canadian Armed Forces through the provision of professional police, security, and custody services domestically and worldwide wherever the Canadian Armed Forces operate.
  • The Commander of the Canadian Army is the Defence Champion for Indigenous Peoples. The Defence Champion for Indigenous Peoples is one of the Defence Team’s foremost advocates for employment equity within the organizational culture. In this role, the Champion leads by example in fostering an inclusive work environment for all, where dignity, respect and fairness are embraced and valued.

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