More than 30 Indigenous youth graduate from Base Gagetown program

Nearly three dozen Indigenous youth have graduated from the Black Bear program at Base Gagetown.

It's a summer employment program that combines indigenous culture and teachings with military training.

The military says the event helps the New Brunswick base in connecting with indigenous communities around the country.

Participants undergo the Primary Reserve Basic Military Training Course and are taught and evaluated by experienced military instructors in areas such as phsical fitness, weapons handling, military knowledge, map and compass navigation, first aid and leadership.

The program also includes a three-day Indigenous culture camp taught by elders from diverse communities, as well as visits to a local sweat lodge and powwows.

With files from The Canadian Press