Black Bear Program is Recruiting

Black Bear is a Canadian Forces Aboriginal Program for indigenous peoples of Canada.  It is the Primary Reserve Basic Military Qualification Course (BMQ-C) that integrates traditional indigenous activities and support from indigenous counsellors.  The course includes the following:

  • Sworn into the Canadian Forces, Ceremony;
  • Culture Camp (Métis, Inuit and First Nations teachings); and
  • BMQ-C; live fire range, field exercise, rappelling, sweat lodge, pow wows, sharing circle, first aid, and live streamed grad parade.


The Black Bear Program will take place July 2nd, 2019, to August 8th, 2019, at the 5th Canadian Division Training Centre in Base Gagetown, New Brunswick.


This unique summer employment program combines indigenous culture and teachings with military training, that will help you develop valuable skills such as self-confidence, self-discipline, teamwork, time management, respect and fitness.  There is no obligation for continued service after completing the course.



  • Be First Nation, Métis or Inuit (status not required);
  • Be 16 years of age or older;
  • Have completed your grade 10; and
  • Be a Canadian citizen.



  • Meals and accommodation provided;
  • Military clothing and equipment for duration of course;
  • Transportation to and from your community; and
  • Approximately $4,200 in salary.


For more information, you can contact Captain Matthew Graham at or Sergeant Paul LeClair at  You can also visit the 5 CDTC – Black Bear Facebook page.


Black Bear Recruitment Poster