Know the land, know the people. While embedded with the Arctic Response Company Group (ARCG) for Exercise ARCTIC RAM in the Northwest Territories, the soldiers and I spent two days learning from the Canadian Rangers. These men – and women – spend almost all their days in the wilderness, since the region is surrounded by trees and vast lakes.
The rangers taught soldiers how to build a tent with materials from the environment, how to trap animals for food and a little bit of the fishing industry in the north. The events culminated in a large fish fry and a late night bonfire complete with caribou meat (not pictured). Canadian Ranger Training is a collection of images detailing the lessons learned from those to live on the land.
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All images and captions by Daniella Ponticelli.