February 28, 2022
February 24, 2022
Behind the scenes at Ex UNIFIED RESOLVE 22 in Garrison Petawawa
The last decade has seen rapid advancements in technology which have changed the way we interact with one another and how we live our lives. This holds true for members of the profession of arms, just as it does for almost every Canadian today.
Black History Month & the Canadian Armed Forces
Black History Month (BHM) is a time to reflect, honour and - most importantly - celebrate the incredible contributions that Black people have made in making Canada more diverse and inclusive. For those of us serving with the Defence Team, we are embarking on a system-wide culture change and it is a particularly poignant time to invite a humble, curious and learning mindset to grow our individual and collective knowledge around Black history in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF).
What does Black History Month mean to me?
We must prioritize the recognition and celebration of the incredible achievements of all Black military personnel and Public Service employees. This prioritization of reflection is especially proper as we enter into Black History Month (BHM). The month of February is a special time of reflection for me as I have had the privilege to serve alongside Black soldiers and Public Service employees in the Department of National Defence (DND), the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and the United States Marine Corps (USMC).
What does Black History Month mean to me?
Every February, Canadians come together to honour the legacy of Black Canadians and appreciate contributions made by Black Canadians to our society. Having participated in various commemoration events in the past two weeks, I began to ponder what it means to be a true ally in combating anti-Black racism. As one of my colleagues put it, true racial equality will be achieved when it is no longer people of colour who are called upon to speak about the importance of diversity.
What does Black History Month mean to me? - Submissions
Black History Month, a time to pay homage to the lives of those of Colour who have come before us. It is a prolonged moment to acknowledge the price of humiliation, discrimination, segregation and dehumanization. It is a time to honour those who risked their own wellbeing for the security of others in the pursuit of justice. To me, Black History Month is a time of reflection for the ancestors who sat anxiously below sea level, unknowingly awaiting centuries of immoral treatment. The names Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr. will be rightfully remembered for their bravery and courage to stand for what they knew to be right. The names of those lost are sitting at the bottom of the ocean alongside their brothers and sisters, never to be spoken again. For them, I remember.
Operation Wellbeing Veteran Expo at Petawawa Legion Feb. 28
Support and assistance for Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) transitioning members and veterans can be found in a one-stop-shop format during the upcoming Operation Wellbeing Veteran Expo.
OV Boss Babes #breakthebias with virtual panel discussion
The Ottawa Valley Women’s Collective by OV Boss Babes is all about embracing diversity, building an inclusive workplace and shattering negative biases through insightful conversations.
Cooperative Education and the Pembroke & Area Airport - a partnership in learning
The Renfrew County and District School Board’s Cooperative Education program, Valour JK-12 School, and the Pembroke & Area Airport partnered this year to support my learning plan, making my wish of working at an airport possible in preparation for a career in the airline industry.
The Grind Pembroke receives defibrillator in honour of Ted O’Brien
The Grind Pembroke is now outfitted with an automatic external defibrillator (AED), safeguarding its clients and staff in the event of a cardiac emergency.
Black History Month: The story of Canada’s only surviving quadruple amputee of the First World War
As February marks Black History Month, The War Amps is paying tribute to Ethelbert “Curley” Christian (1883-1954), one of the Association’s founding members and was believed to have been the only surviving quadruple amputee of the First World War.
February 17, 2022
Wanted: Youth Reporters
Canadian Forces newspapers are looking for youth reporters from military families between the ages of 13 and 18 who want to share a story about an issue that is important to their life or the community around them.
February 16, 2022
Families with children with exceptional needs invited to at attend virtual PMFRC Speaker Series
Families with children with exceptional needs are invited to learn, laugh and receive advice through a free speaker series hosted by the Petawawa Military Family Resource Centre (PMFRC).
February 10, 2022
Black History Month 2022: Celebrating Black History Today and Every Day
We are honoured to recognize this year’s Black History Month. Each February, people in Canada celebrate the many achievements and contributions of Black Canadians who, throughout history, have done so much to make Canada the culturally diverse, compassionate, and prosperous nation it is today. As a Defence Team, we are also encouraged to celebrate and learn more about the important contributions, both historical and present, of Black Defence Team members.
NEW! Conflict and Complaint Extended Hours Toll Free Line
Enhancing responsiveness and accessibility of Conflict and Complaint Management Services (CCMS) is a priority for the Canadian Armed Forces as it strives to better serve members and invest in the culture change movement. To this end, the Integrated Conflict and Complaint Management (ICCM) program has established a toll free line (1-833-328-3351) that will operate in both official languages coast to coast, 5 days a week between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. EST. This extended service will increase accessibility to CCMS subject matter experts in real time who have the proficiency to guide and support Defence Team members concerning all matters of workplace conflict and complaint.
Canada sends non-lethal military aid to further support Ukraine
OTTAWA - As part of Canada’s recently announced immediate support to Ukraine and the extension and expansion of Operation UNIFIER, the Canadian Armed Forces’ (CAF) training and capacity-building mission in Ukraine, a CAF C-177 Globemaster departed CFB Trenton Feb. 3 carrying non-lethal military equipment.
The Grind opens Warming Centre
Though homelessness isn’t as visible in rural communities as in big city centres, it still exists - and with a lack of adequate shelter, the winter months can be brutal.
February 3, 2022
Security Awareness Week: Rebuilding your security culture
Security Awareness Week (SAW) is an annual event held during the second week of February in which departments are invited to promote good security practices and to share them government-wide.