Operation Nanook comes to a close for another year
This week, Canadian Forces helicopters were seen and heard above Whitehorse and Haines Junction as part of Operation Nanook. Military and civilian personnel have been working together all week in the Yukon and Nunavut.
This week's exercises in Haines Junction, Yukon, kept the small community busy.
"We had multiple buildings that were set up as a disaster or post-disaster earthquake [scenario]," said Glen Cooper, team commander for National Defense.
"We came together with first responders of the local Yukon government and other agencies working together under one command unit to get people who were injured and get people out safely."
One of the last simulated rescues of the week was a high angle rescue (a rescue from a slope that is at more than a 50-degree incline) on a cliff face.
Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, along to observe the manoeuvres, described it as "a homecoming," noting that he spent six years with the Vancouver heavy urban search and rescue team.
Civilian first responders from various provinces also participated in most of the exercises.
Air Task Force Commander Martin Pesant said he was pleased with his team, and with how the Chinook and Griffon helicopters performed.
Military officials say this week's exercises helped them better understand the challenges of working in the vastness of the North.
Next year, Operation Nanook will move to Northern Labrador and the N.W.T.