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    The Garrison Petawawa Cultural and Diversity Festival was held on Mar. 7 at Dundonald Hall. Cutting the cake to open the event are, from left, Department of National Defence (DND) and the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Aboriginal Eagle Staff Carrier Warrant Officer Moogly Tetrault-Hamel; Defence Persons with Disabilities Advisory Group (DPWDAG) guest speaker Corporal Marc Boggio; Defence Women’s Advisory Group (DWAG) guest speaker Lieutenant-Colonel Margaret Coleman-McLean, Commanding Officer of 1 Canadian Field Hospital; Petawawa Diversity and Employment Equity Advisory Group (PDEEAG) Champion Lieutenant-Colonel Darcy Wright; 4th Canadian Division Support Group (4 CDSG) Commander Colonel Louis Lapointe; 4th Canadian Division (4 Div) Commander Brigadier General Jocelyn Paul and 4 Div Chief Warrant Officer CWO Keith Olstad; Defence Aboriginal Persons Advisory Group (DAAG) guest speaker Warrant Officer Sheldon Quinn; and Defence Visible Minorities Advisory Group (DVMAG) guest speaker Lieutenant-Colonel Brian Tang, Commanding Officer of 8 Air Maintenance Squadron. (Photos by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    Shawl Dancers and a Grass Dancer in colourful regalia dance before the crowd. (Photos by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    The Department of National Defence (DND) and the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Aboriginal Eagle Staff is a traveling emblem of unity among all Aboriginal Peoples in the defence community. Warrant Officer Moogly Tetrault-Hamel carries it throughout the event, never letting it touch the ground. (Photos by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    4th Canadian Division (4 Div) Commander, Brigadier General Jocelyn Paul was a distinguished guest and spoke about his experience as a soldier of Aboriginal heritage. (Photos by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    Suli Adams dances using iridescent wings. (Photos by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    Private Vicky Du Plessis finds out just how hard, yet fun, it is to play sitting volleyball. (Photos by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    Watch My 6 Service Dogs is an organization dedicated to helping people train their pups while increasing awareness in the community about the rights and roles of Service Dogs. Founders and Handers Jill McLellan and Sheri Waterfall are with their dogs Max and Sherman. (Photos by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    (Photos by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    (Photos by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    (Photos by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    (Photos by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    (Photos by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    (Photos by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)


 

 


Festival celebrates diversity, equity and inclusion

By Patricia Leboeuf

Posted on Thursday March 14, 2019


Diversity in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) brings with it a strength that allows members to distinguish themselves both on and off the battlefield.

The Garrison Petawawa Cultural and Diversity Festival celebrates these differences, shining a spotlight on the four subgroups of the Petawawa Diversity and Employment Equity Advisory Group (PDEEAG), which includes women, aboriginal people, people with disabilities, visible minorities, and the LGBTQI2S community.

Speakers from each subgroup shared their experiences in the CAF after the opening ceremonies, which began with a traditional Indigenous smudging by Algonquins of Pikwakanagan Knowledge Keeper Willy Dick and a performance by author, singer and composer Jean Miso who sang O Canada in Oji-Cree, French, English and sign language. Following this, visitors were invited to explore several exhibits laid out in Dundonald Hall.

The March 7 festival “celebrates those strengths that we find from our diversity and brings it to our soldiers to educate them,” said PDEEAG Champion Lieutenant-Colonel (LCol) Darcy Wright, 4th Canadian Division Support Base Petawawa Personnel Services Commanding Officer.

He noted that in any homogenized organization there is a risk of unilateral thinking. By having other entities and viewpoints, one becomes stronger, and better at solving problems. This was never better illustrated than during the Great War where Canadians and Australians demarked themselves from their British counterparts. Despite their similarities, the non-Europeans had a more diverse viewpoint and set of experiences, which allowed them to triumph.

This diversity can still be seen today.

“I believe that diversity is our strength and it’s something we really need to do,” said LCol Wright.