Five ser­vice­men in­volved in in­ci­dent at In­dige­nous cer­e­mony

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ATLANTIC - BY AD­INA BRESGE

The mil­i­tary says five men in­volved in a filmed con­fronta­tion at an In­dige­nous cer­e­mony in Halifax are mem­bers of the Cana­dian Armed Forces, and any mis­con­duct will be ad­dressed.

The men ap­proached a spir­i­tual event hon­our­ing the suf­fer­ing of In­dige­nous Peo­ples on Canada Day, at a statue of Halifax’s con­tro­ver­sial founder, Ed­ward Corn­wal­lis.

The group of men were clad in black polo shirts with yellow pip­ing — one of them car­ry­ing a Red En­sign Flag — as they ap­proached singing “God Save the Queen,” ac­cord­ing to one Mi’kmaq or­ga­nizer. The Cana­dian Red En­sign, which bears the Union Jack in the cor­ner, was the na­tional flag un­til it was re­placed by the Maple Leaf de­sign in 1965.

Na­tional De­fence spokesman Daniel Le­Bouthillier con­firmed Tues­day that five Forces mem­bers were in­volved in the in­ci­dent, at least two of whom be­long to the Navy.

Com­man­ders of the Cana­dian Army and Navy re­leased a joint state­ment Tues­day say­ing that the chain of com­mand “takes ac­tion” when a mem­ber’s con­duct is not in keep­ing with mil­i­tary code.

“The ac­tions of a few do not re­flect the Royal Cana­dian Navy and Cana­dian Army com­mit­ment to be­ing in­clu­sive and di­verse or­ga­ni­za­tions,” ViceAd­mi­ral Ron Lloyd and Lt.-Gen. Paul Wyn­nyk said in a Face­book post.

“Un­for­tu­nately, some of our sailors and sol­diers have not ... made the nec­es­sary mind shift that leads to deep in­sti­tu­tional change.”

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