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Department of National Defence

August 15, 2013 15:30 ET

The Government of Canada Continues to Take Action on Arctic Sovereignty: Announces the Opening of the Canadian Armed Forces Arctic Training Centre

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Aug. 15, 2013) - Today, as part of an ongoing commitment to exercising sovereignty over Canada's Arctic, the Government of Canada announced the opening of the new Canadian Armed Forces Arctic Training Centre in Resolute Bay, Nunavut. It will serve as a facility for Army sovereignty operations, Canadian Armed Forces joint exercises, and the Arctic Operations Advisor Course.

"The Canadian Armed Forces Arctic Training Centre will reinforce the Canadian Armed Forces' presence in this important region of Canada while providing support to civilian authorities," said the Honourable Rob Nicholson, Minister of National Defence. "It will ensure that our men and women, regular and reserve, have the capabilities necessary to respond to challenges in the North."

"Our Government has made Canada's North a cornerstone of its agenda through an integrated strategy that promotes sovereignty, socioeconomic development, environmental protection, and improved governance in the region," added Minister Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, and Minister for the Arctic Council. "Investing in the Canadian Armed Forces in Resolute Bay is an important investment in the North."

The Canadian Armed Forces Arctic Training Centre, which will be used year-round is a multipurpose facility that will accommodate specialized training in cold weather survival, as well as other military training and operations. The Training Centre is housed within the expanded facilities of Natural Resources Canada's Polar Continental Shelf Program, which coordinates field logistics in support of more than 165 research projects each year at locations throughout the full expanse of Canada's North.

"The Canadian Army remains committed to conducting operations and exercises in the North in order to preserve and enhance our ability to operate in this unique region," said Lieutenant-General Marquis Hainse, Commander of the Canadian Army. "Our soldiers will have access to a state-of-the-art training facility capable of supporting individual and collective Arctic and cold weather training with enough equipment and communication infrastructure to serve as a forward operating base if required."

In August, 2007, Prime Minister Harper announced the establishment of a multipurpose facility for military training and operations in the Arctic. In line with the Canada First Defence Strategy, the Canadian Armed Forces Arctic Training Centre in Resolute Bay will be used year-round for Arctic training and routine operations. The facility can also be used as a command post for emergency operations and disaster response, and will provide a location to pre-position equipment and vehicles, thereby generating an increased capability to support regional emergency operations in this rugged and remote region of the country.

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For further information on the Canadian Armed Forces in the Arctic:

http://www.forces.gc.ca/en/news/article.page?doc=canadian-armed-forces-arctic-training-centre/hkdons6l

http://www.forces.gc.ca/en/news/article.page?doc=the-canadian-forces-in-the-arctic/hgq87xw2

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