Mr. Speaker, I take this opportunity, as Aboriginal Awareness Week will be held from May 21 to 25, to draw attention to the singular, and too often ignored, contribution made by aboriginal people through the Canadian Rangers program.
Under the Rangers Program, which was established in 1942, there are currently close to 3,000 aboriginal people maintaining a military presence in this country's remote regions.
In addition to affirming Canadian sovereignty, the Rangers are always available to provide invaluable assistance in the event of a disaster.
As active and involved members of their community, program participants, moreover, often serve as role models for aboriginal youth.
The Canadian Forces have a long and proud history of accomplishments in the Canadian far north. Without the Rangers, it would be difficult for our military personnel to provide humanitarian assistance to the people who live in our sparsely populated northern regions.
Not only are the Rangers the eyes and ears of the community; they are also vital members of the Canadian Forces.