Three Canadian Rangers from Northern Ontario have participated in a change of command ceremony that saw the highest ranking Indigenous officer in the Canadian Armed Forces assume command of the army in Ontario.
Brigadier-General Jocelyn Paul, a member of the Huron-Wendat First Nation, is the new commander of the army’s 4th Canadian Division. He took command at a ceremony at Queen’s Park in Toronto.
At a reception afterwards, he talked with the three Rangers about growing up on his First Nation’s reserve near Quebec City where he learned to hunt and fish, something he said he looks forward to doing with Rangers when he travels north to visit their communities in the Far North of Ontario. He told them how proud he was of his culture.
“Going into the infantry was like a piece of cake when I started as a reserve soldier,” he told them, “because I was going hunting and fishing all the time when I was growing up on the reserve.”