Bold Eagle Program

The Bold Eagle Program provides Aboriginal youth with summer employment that offers a combination of military training and First Nations cultural awareness.

Delivered by: Department of National Defence (DND)

Eligibility Information

Participants must meet the following criteria:

  • be at least 16 years of age
  • be a Canadian citizen
  • have obtained the consent of a parental or legal guardian, if under 18 years of age
  • have completed grade 10 or the equivalent
  • be Aboriginal
  • be physically fit
  • meet all Canadian Forces entry requirements
  • live in western Canada or northwestern Ontario

Application Information

  • Application forms are available through local Canadian Forces Recruiting Centres.
  • Completed applications must include a copy of the following documents:
    • a birth certificate
    • a government-issued photo identification, such as a Certificate of Indian Status, a driver's licence, a passport or a provincial health card
    • a signed high school transcript

Financial Information

  • The Program provides participants with transportation to and from Wainwright, Alberta, military equipment and clothing, meals and accommodation and a standard rate of pay for a private (recruit).

Contact Information

  • General Inquiries: 1-800-856-8488

Related Information

  • The Bold Eagle Program is offered in English only.
  • Bold Eagle begins with a five-day culture camp followed by a five-week basic military recruit training course.
  • The Program takes place during the months of July and August at the Land Force Western Area Training Centre in Wainwright, Alberta.
  • Aboriginal youth are enrolled into the Canadian Forces Army Reserve and have the option to continue employment with the Canadian Forces or be honourably released after graduation from the Bold Eagle Program.

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