Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

February 19, 2013 11:27 ET

Death of a Canadian Ranger in Nunavut

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 19, 2013) - A Canadian Ranger died in a snowmobile accident on Sunday, February 17, about 24 kilometres southwest of Gjoa Haven, Nunavut, during Exercise Polar Passage.

Corporal Donald Anguyoak was a member of the Gjoa Haven Ranger Patrol, which is part of 1 Canadian Ranger Patrol Group. He was on duty at the time of the accident, acting as lead scout for the Gjoa Haven Canadian Ranger Patrol.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Corporal Donald Anguyoak at this difficult time," said Lieutenant-General Peter Devlin, Commander Canadian Army. "We remember Donald for his passion about passing his knowledge and skills to the youth of Gjoa Haven through the Junior Canadian Ranger program."

A thorough investigation will be conducted to determine the cause and any factors that contributed to this accident. As a result, no further details will be released in connection with the circumstances surrounding the fatality at this time.

The Canadian Rangers are an important part of the Canadian Armed Forces as they are highly skilled Reserve members who are experienced in Arctic survival and are deployed whenever the military operates in the North.

Exercise Polar Passage is a Canadian Ranger exercise involving multiple Ranger patrols. The exercise continues in the Northwest Passage until March 3, in order to exercise sovereignty, increase situational awareness and support Government of Canada initiatives in the region. This exercise also incorporates the Canadian Ranger Ocean Watch program which is a collaboration between Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Department of National Defence to establish sustainable environmental monitoring.

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