Chief Warrant Officer Tom Verner, Garrison Petawawa CWO; Garrison Petawawa Commander Colonel Louis Lapointe; Councillor Wendy Jocko of the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation and her granddaughter Keysha Two-Axe McMullin; 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (2 CMBG) Commander Colonel Michael Wright and Brigade Sergeant Major Chief Warrant Officer Shawn Mercer attended a special Indigenous Awareness Week event at Garrison Petawawa on May 22. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
(Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
Members of several command teams enjoy a meal together. A special meal inspired by traditional Indigenous recipes was served on May 22. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
An exhibit was set up at the Normandy Court Kitchen for Indigenous Awareness Week. It included the Algonquins Awareness Exhibit sharing information about First Nations people in the region, as well as several artifacts including the Task Force TOMAHAWK’s very own symbol. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
Indigenous Awareness Week celebrated at Garrison Petawawa
By Patricia Leboeuf
Posted on Thursday May 31, 2018
The multifaceted nature of Garrison Petawawa was celebrated once again during Indigenous Awareness Week, held from May 22 to May 25.
A special event held on May 22 focused on the communal aspect of the Normandy Court Kitchen to share knowledge and cultural awareness of the First Nations people.
A special Algonquin Awareness Exhibit of history, information and artifacts was placed near the front of the building for people to peruse, and a meal, inspired by Indigenous recipes, was served.
“It is a fantastic opportunity for us to connect ... with our community here,” said Garrison Petawawa Commander Colonel Louis Lapointe.
“We want to continue to foster that relationship and keep it growing,” he noted, pointing out that Garrison Petawawa is located on unceded Algonquin territory.
Many command teams gathered together to break bread with Councillor Wendy Jocko of the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation and her granddaughter Keysha Two-Axe McMullin, both of whom were given a place of honour at the table.
“I think it is wonderful that they reached out and that I was able to participate,” said Jocko.
Jocko herself was a military member for many years and fashioned the Eagle Staff on display with the help of 2 Service Battalion Maintenance Company MAT Section. It is designed with the Canadian Armed Forces in mind, with aspects of each branch upon it.
The CAF continues to celebrate the achievements of its Indigenous members, as they have been integral to maintaining peace and freedom.
Their contributions are immense from being allies in the War of 1812 to Aboriginal military members heroically serving in the First World War, Second World War, the Korean War, the Gulf War and Afghanistan as well as countless peacekeeping missions all over the world.