Exercise AQIKGIK: Canadian Rangers to undertake historic expedition

Canadian Rangers from 2nd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group apply their search and rescue skills in annual training.
Canadian Rangers from 2nd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group apply their search and rescue skills in annual training. Photo: Capt Karine Roy

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More than 120 members from 2 Canadian Ranger Patrol Group (2 CRPG) will participate in Exercise AQIKGIK 2017, an unprecedented snowmobile expedition through 35 communities in northern Quebec and the Lower North Shore, occurring January 27 to March 17.

The historic expedition was announced by Brigadier-General Hercule Gosselin, Commander of 2nd Canadian Division and Joint Task Force (East) during the 2 CRPG Leaders’ Summit at Royal Military College Saint-Jean on December 15, 2016, to demonstrate the Canadian Rangers’ continued contribution to the communities of Quebec.

“Exercise AQIKGIK 2017 is an opportunity to demonstrate the determination, enthusiasm, and professionalism of Canadian Rangers as an integral part of 2nd Canadian Division and Joint Task Force (East),” said BGen Gosselin. “They are jointly involved in increasing the operational strength, in particular by contributing to security, of the territory of Quebec.”

AQIKGIK 2017 will demonstrate the operational capability of the Canadian Rangers, the vitality of the Junior Canadian Rangers program, and the importance of the intergenerational cohesion between the two groups and their involvement within the community.

“Exercise AQIKGIK 2017 will mark the first time teams of Canadian Rangers, made up of representatives from each region in 2 CRPG, will train throughout its entire area of operations,” says Lieutenant-Colonel Bruno Plourde, Commanding Officer, 2 CRPG. “In addition to giving us an opportunity to confirm our operational knowledge and practices, this training activity will bring to the fore the harmonious and cooperative relationship that exists between the Canadian Army and the communities in northern Quebec and the Lower North Shore, which give us unwavering support.”

The expedition will begin at Waskaganish (James Bay), Quebec. Video clips will be posted on the official Facebook pages of 2nd Canadian Division and 2 Canadian Ranger Patrol Group (2 CRPG) throughout the journey.

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