I Am Sgt Titus Allooloo
Defence Team members across the country and throughout the world are making Canada’s Defence Policy Strong, Secure, Engaged a reality. Canadian Ranger, Sergeant Titus Allooloo, is just one of the thousands of members working behind the scenes. He is the first Defence Team member to be profiled in a new series I Am Strong, Secure, Engaged, which places the spotlight on the dedicated men and women across Defence who are helping to implement the 111 initiatives contained within the policy. Watch for more profiles in the weeks ahead and learn more about SSE and how your job supports it.
We’re the voice and we’re the eyes and ears of the Canadian Forces. I’m Sergeant Titus Allooloo, Patrol Commander from Pond Inlet, Nunavut, on the north end of Baffin Island. We’re basically hunters. We survive on the land; we know how to survive on the land; we know how to fish in our area, and we know how to travel. The military that go up, we teach some… like some of them are their first time to be introduced to the very cold environments. We don’t really know until we experience how cold it is, and we teach some, how to keep warm. We also teach some about the ice conditions. So, they’re introduced to blizzard conditions, like where, when you put your hand out, you could hardly see it. Unless you experience that, you don’t know how dangerous it is to perish, or get lost in those conditions.
That’s where our expertise comes in. We see certain things that are not supposed to be there. Not necessarily when we are patrolling, when we are out there as well, individually, at our hunting locations or camping areas such as ships, submarines and airplanes. If we… if there’s nobody up there, if we were not there, there would be a lot more foreign countries who would like to use it. As Canadians, it’s our Canadian Waters to us, but other countries would like to see it as International Water and freely use it. Right now, the Canadian Government is building a ship in Halifax that will become involved in the Arctic. And once that is completed, two years from now, I think we’re going to do a lot more monitoring of the ships. And I know the area, and this is my place, mine. Yes, it’s my home.
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