Peter Moon - Canadian Rangers

ATV safety a high priority for Junior Rangers

Create: 12/01/2015 - 19:27

Learning to drive an all-terrain vehicle properly was a key part of the safety training at Camp Loon, the annual advanced training camp for Junior Canadian Rangers, held in the bush north of Geraldton each July.
“Most Junior Canadian Rangers can ride an ATV but only a few can ride correctly and safely,” said warrant officer Johanne Martel, the Canadian Army instructor in charge of the ATV training site at the camp. “They just jump on an ATV in their communities and off they go, with no tuition at all.

Ranger shooters win top honours at Ontario championships

Create: 12/01/2015 - 19:27

Canadian Ranger marksmen from across northern Ontario won top honours at the Ontario Rifle Association provincial championships at Canadian Forces Base Borden.
Ranger Simon Shewaybick of Webequie, won the Ontario championship in the individual bolt-action rifle category and Sergeant Matthew Gull of Peawanuck won the trophy for the highest scoring shooter competing in the championships for the first time. All the Rangers competed using standard issue, .303-calibre Lee-Enfield rifles.

Over 100 Rangers complete search and rescue training

Create: 12/01/2015 - 19:26

The largest number of Canadian Rangers ever to gather in northern Ontario have completed a five-day search and rescue training exercise.
“We had a record 101 Canadian Rangers from 21 communities participate in Exercise Ranger Tracker,” said Captain Mark Rittwage, officer commanding the Canadian Rangers in northern Ontario. “It was a great collective training exercise. It was highly successful.

Men lost in blizzard found in complex search and rescue

Create: 12/01/2015 - 19:26

Two Peawanuck men who got lost in a surprise blizzard were found alive after a complex search and rescue mission that involved Canadian Rangers, two Royal Canadian Air Force planes, a Wasaya Airways passenger aircraft, and members of the community’s search and rescue team and community volunteers.

Canadian Rangers make big impression on army colonel

Create: 12/01/2015 - 19:26

Canadian Rangers from seven First Nation communities made a big impression on an army colonel during a four-day visit to northern Ontario.
“It has been a wonderful and very useful experience,” said Colonel Jennie Carignan, chief of staff for Land Force Central Area, the military name for the army in Ontario. “I was absolutely astonished at the way the Rangers have adapted to living extremely well in their environment.
“They are very knowledgeable about their own areas and their role is absolutely critical to the safety of their communities.”

Stranded Peawanuck man thought rescuers might be wolves

Create: 12/01/2015 - 19:26

Shawn Beauvais was stranded in the middle of the night in a windchill of about –40C, only 11 kilometres from his home in Peawanuck.
He was wet, cold, dehydrated and hungry as he huddled next to a small fire behind the shelter of a snow wall he had built on a river bank. His snowmobile and sled, with its load of firewood, were in the middle of the small river, where, despite the cold, he had bogged down in slush and soaked his boots and trousers before reaching shore.

Canadian Rangers rescue one of their own

Create: 12/01/2015 - 19:26

With the rescue of one of their own, Canadian Rangers in Peawanuck have completed their third successful search and rescue mission of the year.
Ranger Jason Metatawabin set out to travel back to his home in Fort Severn on February 6 after spending several days visiting relatives in Peawanuck. He was about half way through the usual six-hour journey when his snowmobile broke down.
The temperature was –40C with heavy winds driving the windchill down to about –60C.

Junior ranger patrol opens in North Caribou Lake

Create: 12/01/2015 - 19:26

Parents, relatives, friends and community members filled the Sena School gymnasium in North Caribou Lake for a ceremony marking the opening of the community’s new Junior Canadian Ranger patrol.
“This is an awesome moment for our community,” said Councillor Swanson Kenequanash. “It is going to help our youth to keep out of trouble. It will teach them the traditional uses of the land and how to look after themselves.
“They are going to train with an older group, our Canadian Rangers. That’s going to be a really good thing for the community.”

Fort Severn Rangers rescue stranded winter road passengers

Create: 12/01/2015 - 19:25

The driver and two passengers of a pickup truck were rescued by Canadian Rangers after being stranded in deep snow for more than 20 hours on a closed section of winter road.
“They were grateful for our arrival,” said Master Corporal Chris Koostachin of the Fort Severn Canadian Ranger patrol. “We dug them out, gave them food and the fuel for their vehicle that we had brought, and sent them on their way.”

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