The 2nd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group is off on a snowmobile expedition for Exercise AQIKGIK
News Release / January 27, 2017 / Project number: ncr-nr-exercise-aqikgik
27 January 2017 – Waskaganish, Quebec - National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces
The departure ceremony for the 2nd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group’s (2 CRPG) snowmobile expedition for Exercise AQIKGIK was held today in Waskaganish (James Bay) in the presence of Brigadier General Luis De Sousa, Deputy Commander 2nd Canadian Division and Joint Task Force (East).
The first of six teams, consisting of six 2 CRPG Canadian Rangers is starting its journey to Kuujjuarapik, a distance of over 500 kilometres. The snowmobile expedition, which marks the 70th anniversary of the Canadian Rangers and is part of the activities for Canada’s 150th anniversary, will visit the 35 communities where 2 CRPG patrols are based in Northern Quebec and the Lower North Shore.
This unique northern expedition will demonstrate the operational capacity of the Canadian Rangers, the vitality of the Junior Canadian Rangers, and the importance of maintaining intergenerational cohesion between the two groups.
“It’s a great pleasure to be here to kick off the AQIKGIK expedition. This unique exercise not only demonstrates the operational knowledge and capacity of the Canadian Rangers and the dynamism of the Junior Canadian Rangers program that they oversee, but also the synergy and collaboration between the Canadian Armed Forces and the Northern Quebec and Lower North Shore communities who give us their unfailing support.”
Brigadier-General Luis De Sousa, Deputy Commander, 2nd Canadian Division and Joint Task Force (East)
“AQIKGIK 2017 is a unique training exercise enabling the Canadian Rangers to demonstrate their expertise and professionalism and the Junior Canadian Rangers to demonstrate their pride and community involvement. Each region of the 2 CRPG area of operation is represented by Canadian Rangers in the snowmobile expedition teams and each community where a patrol is based will be visited by a team during the expedition. I sincerely congratulate all of you for your contribution to this historic event for 2 CRPG.”
Lieutenant-Colonel Bruno Plourde, Commander of the 2nd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group
- The snowmobile expedition departed on 27 January 2017 from Waskaganish, in the James Bay region. Video clips will be posted on the official Facebook pages of the 2nd Canadian Division and the 2 CRPG so the public can follow the progress of this northern expedition as it visits the different communities.
- In 2017, the Canadian Armed Forces will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Canadian Rangers. Exercise AQIKGIK is an opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to national security and public safety missions in sparsely settled northern and isolated areas of Canada.
- The Canadian Rangers are the military’s eyes and ears in sparsely settled northern, coastal and isolated areas of Canada. They provide lightly equipped, self-sufficient, mobile forces in support of Canadian Forces sovereignty and domestic operation tasks in Canada.
- Exercise AQIKGIK will demonstrate the Canadian Rangers’ capacities and highlight they essential role that the play in the Canadian Armed Forces by serving their community in many ways, especially by supporting civil authorities.
- The Canadian Rangers train, coach and supervise the Junior Canadian Rangers. They help improve the quality of life of youth in remote and isolated areas by teaching them by teaching them Ranger skills, traditional skills and tools for becoming dynamic and engaged members of their community.
- The synergy between the Canadian Rangers’ Program and the Junior Canadian Rangers’ Program benefits the communities and makes 2 CRPG an important player in Northern Quebec.
Captain Karine Roy
Department of National Defence
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