Operation NANOOK 14, the premier annual Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) operation held in Canada’s North, will take place in Nunavut from August 20-29. This operation showcases CAF personnel working in close partnership with other federal, provincial, territorial, and municipal governments and agencies as well as aboriginal communities and the militaries of other Arctic nations.
Operation NANOOK 14 is centered on two scenario-driven events in the Baffin Island region of Nunavut. Both scenarios will underline the focus of the CAF at home: exercising sovereignty and supporting the safety and security of Canadians. Northern operations develop and maintain strong relationships between the CAF and other government departments, international partners and local authorities.
- Operation NANOOK 14 is the eighth iteration of this annual operation.
- The Canadian Rangers maintain a constant presence across Canada’s North and are integrated into every northern operation conducted by the CAF. They provide invaluable mentorship and expertise about the land and its challenges to southern-based troops.
- Assets from the Royal Danish Navy and the United States Navy will collaborate with the CAF and other partners during the Search and Rescue portions of the operation that takes place in international waters.
- Other government departments participating in Operation NANOOK 14 are:
- Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada;
- Canada Border Services Agency;
- Canadian Coast Guard;
- Environment Canada;
- Government of Nunavut;
- National Search and Rescue Secretariat;
- Public Health Agency of Canada;
- Public Safety Canada;
- Royal Canadian Mounted Police;
- Transport Canada; and
- Transportation Safety Board of Canada.
The Honourable Rob Nicholson
PC, QC, MP for Niagara Falls and Minister of National Defence
“Operations like NANOOK enhance the skills of our soldiers, sailors, airmen and airwomen, ensuring they remain ready and capable to meet safety and security challenges in Canada’s North. There is a strong sense of teamwork developed by conducting these operations, while providing opportunities to learn how our partners operate in a realistic environment.”
Lieutenant-General Stuart Beare
Commander of Canadian Joint Operations Command
“The well-trained and professional personnel of Joint Task Force (North) routinely demonstrate the ability to respond anywhere within the Arctic and maintain a visible presence in support of Canada’s Arctic sovereignty. These operations are held in different locations every year and are geared towards ensuring we are prepared to work as a team anywhere in the North.”
Brigadier-General Greg Loos
Commander, Joint Task Force (North)