Both days began with Canadians conducting “Land Acknowledgements” for Northern Ontario and the Yukon, solemnly observing the custom of commemorating the indigenous peoples’ principal kinship to the land, followed by the Canadian National Anthem “Oh Canada”.
Irish Cadets and CFAV’s got to see how their counterparts build and maintain shelters and equipment in extreme cold temperatures, whilst the Cadets from Northern Ireland shared their tactical know-how.
On the Saturday evening the participants were joined by Brigadier Stuart Williams, OBE, Deputy Commander, Army Cadets, who spoke about how wonderful it was to see the Cadets come together and share their skills, “Seeing the inspirational cadets this weekend from both Canada and Northern Ireland – it just reinforces that we provide incredible opportunities and do set people up for lifelong success."
They were also treated to a virtual visit from Army Cadets Ambassador Sally Orange, who, no stranger to extreme temperatures, spoke about her experiences of cold climate expeditions. Having previously visited the Whitehorse Cadets while she was in Canada to participate in the Yukon Arctic Ultra – the worlds coldest and toughest ultra marathon.