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Black Bear info sessions in western and central Newfoundland next week

Members of the Canadian Armed Forces recently presented information on the Black Bear program at the Qalipu office in Corner Brook. Pictured (left to right) are Maj. Mark Felix, employment coordinator Vickie MacDonald, Chief Warrant Officer Thomas Holland, Chief Brendan Mitchell, LCol Errol MacEachern, band manager Keith Goulding and team lead client service officer Shelly Garnier.
Members of the Canadian Armed Forces recently presented information on the Black Bear program at the Qalipu office in Corner Brook. Pictured (left to right) are Maj. Mark Felix, employment coordinator Vickie MacDonald, Chief Warrant Officer Thomas Holland, Chief Brendan Mitchell, LCol Errol MacEachern, band manager Keith Goulding and team lead client service officer Shelly Garnier. - Submitted

CORNER BROOK, NL – The Qalipu First Nation and the Canadian Armed Forces are teaming up to host five information sessions about the Black Bear program in western and central Newfoundland during the week of April 16-20.

The six-week program combines Indigenous culture and teachings with basic military training.

It will take place from early July to mid-August at the 5th Canadian Division Training Centre in Oromocto, N.B.

The session schedule is as follows:

- Stephenville: Monday, April 16, 7 p.m., People of the Dawn Indigenous Friendship Centre;

- St. George’s: Tuesday, April 17, 7 p.m., Ktaqmkuk Mi’kmaq Museum;

- Corner Brook: Wednesday, April 18, 7 p.m., Qalipu Community Room;

- Gander: Thursday, April 19, 2 p.m., Albatross Hotel; and

- Grand Falls-Windsor, Thursday, April 19, 7 p.m., Qalipu Community Room

Black Bear participants graduate with basic military training and are paid $4,200. Meals, accommodations and transportation to and from Oromocto are also covered.

Participants may choose to serve in the Canadian Armed Forces on a full or part-time basis after completing the program.

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