Bold Eagle Program
HOW TO APPLY
Apply before April 30, 2012
V O L U M E 2 / I S S U E 2 N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 1
Bold Eagle Elder Passes Away
To apply for Bold Eagle (BE):
• Must be 17 years of age or
older on enrolment.
Elder Alma Elizabeth Kytwayhat, and they were the notable Elder
Note1: Can apply at age 16
provided you will turn 17 prior
Bold Eagle Elder, was laid to team supporting the Aboriginal
to the BE enrolment date. rest in her home community of youth in training each summer.
Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Na- Alma would often mention with
Note2: Can apply and enrol at tion, Saskatchewan, on Septem- pride that she was the grand-
age 16 provided you are ber 21, 2011. Well over 200
attending school full-time. mother to over 1,000 young
people attended Aboriginal men and
• Grade 10 or higher her service, includ- women who took on the
education completed. ing representatives challenge of Bold Eagle.
from the Canadian
• Canadian citizen and self- Forces, who re- Supporting the Bold Elder Alma Kytwayhat presenting the top candi-
Eagle program was but date trophy for Bold Eagle 2010. She was consid-
declare as Aboriginal.
flected on the sig- ered the program “grandmother”.
nificant role she one of Alma’s many
• Reside in western Canada or
played in the suc- outstanding accomplish- Order of Merit in 2009. She is also
cessful develop- ments. She was ap- listed on the Honour Wall of the
Application forms are avail- ment of the Bold pointed as a Senator for Smithsonian National Museum of
able from the BE website or
Eagle program. the Federation of Sas- the American Indian in Washington,
from the nearest Canadian katchewan Indian Na- DC.
Forces Recruiting Centre at Elder Kytwayhat tions, as an Elder-in-Residence
1-800-856-8488. was the Bold Eagle Elder for 22 for both the Greater Saskatoon She will be greatly missed.
years, since the inception of the Catholic Schools and Office of A tribute by the Office of the
program in 1990. For 13 of the Treaty Commissioner of Treaty Commissioner can be found
those years she worked along- Saskatchewan. She was the re- at: www.otc.ca/Speakers_Bureau_1/
side her late husband Simon, cipient of the Saskatchewan Elder_Alma_Kytwayhat
Bold Eagle 2012
Bold Eagle News 2
Planning is well underway for Bold Eagle 2012 and the mission is still the same - to offer Aboriginal youth a
Raven & Black Bear 2
challenging rewarding training experience that will help them find out more about themselves, their culture,
JCR Urban Patrol 2 what they are capable of achieving by working hard and as part of a team. In turn, they build a better set of
Alumni Profile 3 personal skills for the future. Interest in the program is growing, so it is important that youth research the
Contact Information 4
program and submit their application as soon as possible for consideration.
Bold Eagle History 4
Aboriginal Leadership Opportunity Year
This fully subsidized, one-year university preparatory education and leadership program for Aboriginal peo-
ples, held at the Royal Military College of Canada, is open for application now. Interested? Contact the
nearest Canadian Forces Recruiting Centre at 1 800 856 8488 or www.forces.ca for more details.
Bold Eagle 2011 News
Army News graduation coverage includes a video with transcript at the following link:
Western Sentinel program coverage can be viewed at the following link:
Wainwright Star News coverage can be viewed at the following link:
Bold Eagle 22 conducting
their graduation march
Did you know? 38 of the 73 graduates from 2011 have elected to continue to serve in the Canadian
past on Aug. 18 at CFB
Forces, joining Primary Reserve units in their home community or nearby. Two of them will travel from The
Pas, MB to train with the North Saskatchewan Regiment in Prince Albert, SK - a drive that will take them
approximately four hours to complete - one way!
Raven and Black Bear Programs
The Canadian Forces offers two Raven is unique in that it is conducted
other Aboriginal youth developmen- on a Naval base and so the recruits
tal programs similar to Bold Eagle - are enrolled as Ordinary Seaman vice
Raven and Black Bear. Privates in the Canadian Forces. They
Since 2003, Raven has been held at are issued and wear a navy uniform.
Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Esqui- Between the three programs, the
malt, BC and since 2009, Black Bear Canadian Forces provides close to
has been held at CFB Borden, ON. 220 vacancies for Aboriginal youth
These six week programs follow the from across Canada to experience the
Raven 2011 presenting arms same training model as Bold Eagle, military, enhance their cultural aware-
on their graduation parade with graduates earning the Army ness, and in turn develop valuable
Aug. 18 at CFB Esquimalt Reserve Basic Military Qualification. skills for their future.
Urban Junior Canadian Rangers
The 4th Canadian Ranger Patrol Group opened the first Urban Junior Canadian Ranger Patrol (JCR) at
the Indian and Métis Friendship Centre of Winnipeg on September 22. This patrol opening is significant
because it is the first urban patrol opened in Canada. Previously, JCR patrols were only in sparsely
settled northern, coastal and isolated areas of Canada, where there was already a Canadian Ranger
Patrol. The JCR program is community sponsored in partnership with the Department of National
Defence and other federal, provincial, and regional organizations. This means that youth who are be-
tween the ages of 12 and 18 can participate in the program for free. For further information on the
The first “Urban”
Junior Canadian Junior Canadian Rangers or the Canadian Rangers visit http://www.jcr-rjc.ca/index-eng.asp or http://
Ranger Patrol started www.army.forces.gc.ca/land-terre/cr-rc/index-eng.asp.
Sept. 22 in Winnipeg Taken from the Western Sentinel October 13, 2011. Original article and photo by Cpl Bill Gomm, 38 CBG.
BOLD EAGLE PROGRAM
Bold Eagle Alumni - Chief Richard Ben
What led you to take on the Bold Eagle program?
I actually heard of Bold Eagle through a friend that attended the program, telling me about
the many great things that it had to offer.
After Bold Eagle, what was your time in the military like? How did it help prepare you for
The time after was a great experience. I attended the North Saskatchewan Regiment in
Saskatoon for a couple of years. The driving there and back to parade was the only hard
part because I still had to attend school on the First Nation. I also attended the QL3 infantry
program in Winnipeg the summer right after Bold Eagle. That was a great experience and I
enjoyed the physical training the most. There are a lot of qualities that I accessed during my
time in the Army Reserve. The major ones I would have to say are confidence and determi-
nation - I feel one needs to have these qualities in order to do a good job for a First Nation.
Bold Eagle graduate, Chief Richard Ben (centre),
attending the BE Graduation Ceremony in 2010. How did you become interested in your current career? How do you see your role as
He is the Chief for his community of Makwa Chief of your community?
Sahgaiehcan First Nation, Saskatchewan I was a Recreation Director prior to going into politics. People from my community actually
wanted me to run, so I ran for Councillor at age 23 and got the highest vote count that
election. After serving a two year term as a council member, people from my community asked me to run for Chief. At age 26 I wasn’t
completely sure about this but I felt very confident that I could do a good job, and I ended up being successful and elected Chief. Serving
in my second term as Chief, I have many roles in my community. My role as Chief is somewhat hard to explain given the variety of ac-
tivities I take on but I see myself as the spokesman or advocate for the community. There are issues on the First Nation that need to be
addressed to government and it is my job to voice these concerns for the people of my community.
What is the most rewarding aspect of your position as Chief? What is the most challenging?
I would have to say the warm feeling I get when I see progress on the First Nation. Even if it is a few things like a new fitness centre or
programs that help out the youth. There are many challenging issues in our communities, such as social issues, and working with the
community to find the solutions to remedy them takes work.
Do you have any messages for the youth wanting to join Bold Eagle or get into community leadership in the future?
I want to encourage the youth to take the Bold Eagle program. There are many things that you will get out of it - learn teamwork, un-
derstand respect, build confidence and pride, plus many more qualities that will benefit yourselves in the future, while making a good
wage at the same time.
Over the years, the support from Aboriginal veterans has been paramount to the success of Bold Eagle. From
their involvement in the development of the program to their continued attendance at graduation each year -
their contributions have made a difference to the participants and Bold Eagle. This past summer, Veteran Arthur
Anderson attended the program to share his experience with the recruits at the scheduled Veteran Hour.
Arthur Anderson is from the Gordon First Nation. He joined the army because he came from a long line of mili-
tary service, with over 13 of his family members serving from the Boer War to the recent conflict in Afghanistan.
Arthur served in Germany twice and as a paratrooper on a peacekeeping mission. He also served in Cyprus and
Africa. In total, he served 29 years with the Canadian Forces, completing 265 jumps with the Canadian Forces
and an additional 11 with the United States Airborne. He was awarded both the Centennial Medal and the
Peacekeeper Medal. After leaving the military, Arthur attended the University of Saskatchewan, completing de-
grees in Theology and Native Studies. He has spent 22 years working as an Anglican Priest, walking in two worlds to try and bridge the gap
between First Nations and non-First Nations cultures. Throughout his life, Arthur has been a role model for education, hard work, and dedi-
cation for First Nations youth and adults. He is an executive member of the Saskatchewan First Nations Veterans Association and sits as their
representative on the Bold Eagle Management Committee.
This exchange between Mr. Anderson and the recruits helps provide them with some positive guidance as they cope with their demanding
military experience, and strive to complete the Army Reserve Basic Military Qualification. His experiences and the related stories assist in
encouraging the Bold Eagle recruits, letting them know that many veterans have served before them and have successfully met the same
training challenges they now face.
For further information, or to receive future Do you know of an Aboriginal youth
issues of the newsletter, email the Bold Eagle living in western Canada or north-
Coordinator: western Ontario that would benefit
from participating in Bold Eagle?
Major Nolan Kemp
Bold Eagle Coordinator Are they interested in challenging
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Encourage them to apply well before
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Bold Eagle History Late Elder Alma Kytwayhat and Bold Eagle. She served the program for 22 years.
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