The May 22 episode of Defence Team News highlights Indigenous Awareness Week

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In this episode, we highlight the:

  • Australian Army Skill at Arms Meeting;
  • Indigenous Awareness Week; and
  • Gender-based Analysis Plus training course


Welcome back to Defence Team News. I’m Lt(N) Jeff Lura.

And I’m Shelley Van Hoof. Here are the headlines at Defence.

The Canadian Army competed in the Australian Army Skill at Arms Meeting earlier this month at the Puckapunyal Military Area in Victoria, Australia.

16 shooters and support staff from both the Regular and Reserve Forces took part in the event, with soldiers primarily coming from the 4th Canadian Division.

International events like these provide Canadian Army members with an opportunity to improve marksmanship skills and knowledge in a controlled and operationally-focused environment.

Having a well-trained, credible military force is imperative when meeting the modern-day challenges faced by the Canadian Armed Forces.

This week is Indigenous Awareness Week, a time for Defence Team members to recognize the rich cultural diversity, history, and contributions that Indigenous peoples bring to our organization.

This year’s theme, “Dancing in Unison”, is an opportunity to reflect on the past and focus on our future, where both Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples can thrive alongside one another in a more cohesive society for a better Canada.

A joint DND/CAF commemorative event, hosted by Lieutenant-General Paul Wynnyk, Defence Team Champion for Indigenous Peoples, will take place on Thursday, May 24th in the concourse of National Defence Headquarters at 101 Colonel By Drive in Ottawa. Defence Team members from across the country can participate via livestream on the Canadian Army’s Facebook page at 10:00 AM Eastern Standard Time. Don’t forget to check out other Indigenous Awareness Week events in your area.

Before we go, the Gender-based Analysis Plus training course is now available to all federal government employees.

Designed as a basic introduction, the course is a useful analytical tool to show how diverse groups of women, men and gender-diverse people may experience policies, programs and initiatives. For more information, visit the related links.

That’s it for us. Thank you so much for watching. See you next time…

…for Defence Team News!

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