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Longest-serving Ranger honoured

Tuesday February 11, 2014
The oldest and longest-serving Canadian Ranger in Ontario was recognized when the Ranger patrol celebrating the 20th anniversary of the re-establishment of the Rangers in Ontario passed through Fort Albany.

The oldest and longest-serving Canadian Ranger in Ontario was recognized when the Ranger patrol celebrating the 20th anniversary of the re-establishment of the Rangers in Ontario passed through Fort Albany.

Ranger Abraham Metatawabin, 92, was presented with a first bar to the Canadian Forces Decoration by Brigadier-General Julian Chapman, deputy commander of the Canadian Army in Ontario.

The Canadian Forces Decoration is awarded for 12 years service and a first bar is awarded for an additional 10 years of service.

Metatawabin served as a Ranger from 1963 to 1971. He re-enrolled in 1995 and remains a member of the Fort Albany patrol. He is a former chief of Fort Albany.

“I am immensely proud of the outstanding service Ranger Abraham Metatawabin has given to the
Canadian Armed Forces for so many years,” said Lieutenant-General Marquis Hainse, the commander of the Canadian Army.

The history of the Canadian Rangers in Ontario goes back to the period of the 1950s to the 1970s when a small number of Rangers provided security at remote military sites on the coasts of Hudson Bay and James Bay before being disbanded.

They returned with the opening of a patrol in Moose Factory on Feb. 14, 1994. There are now 550 Rangers in 23 First Nation communities across the Far North of Ontario. About 98 per cent of them are Cree, Oji-Cree, and Ojibway and 40 per cent of them are female. They are part-time army reservists.

There are now 20 patrols. They are in Attawapiskat, Bearskin Lake, Constance Lake, Eabametoong, Fort Albany, Fort Severn, Kasabonika Lake, Kashechewan, Kingfisher Lake, Kitchenuhmaykoosib, Lac Seul, Mishkeegogamang, Moose Factory, Muskrat Dam, Neskantaga, North Caribou Lake, Peawanuck, Sachigo Lake, Sandy Lake, and Webequie. There are three detachments in Saugeen, Wapakeka, and Wunnumin Lake. A fourth detachment was opened in January in Pickle Lake.


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