Indigenous Program – Black Bear – 5 CDTC

Are you up to the Black Bear challenge?

Are you an Indigenous youth living in Canada?

Are you interested in attending a six week long Primary Reserve Basic Military Training Course? If so, the Black Bear Indigenous Program is for you. This training is conducted at 5th Canadian Division Training Center located in Oromocto, New Brunswick.

About the Black Bear Program

The Black Bear Program is a unique summer employment program that combines Indigenous culture and teachings with basic military training. It delivers a challenging experience that develops hands-on skills, encourages teamwork, provides physical fitness and promotes cultural awareness.             

This program will allow you to find out more about yourself and what you are capable of achieving through hard work, perseverance and reliance on others. You will also meet Indigenous and non-indigenous youth from across Canada.

5 CDTC annually conducts a six week program from early July to mid-August.


Black Bear provides the following specific benefits: 

  • Meals and accommodation;
  • Military clothing and equipment;
  • Transportation to and from Oromocto NB; 
  • Approximately $4200 in salary;  
  • Potential to be awarded secondary school work/career experience credits (arranged with your guidance counsellor).

Continued Service

A graduate of this program will leave feeling self-confident, self-disciplined, team orientated.

For those graduates living near Primary Reserve  units, you can continue to serve part-time in the Canadian Armed Forces when you return to your community. This is an excellent part-time career option, and a chance to further your service in the Canadian Armed Forces should you choose this route.

Please NOTE: To continue to serve in the Canadian Armed Forces either full or part-time, you must successfully complete the Canadian Armed Forces Aptitude Test (CFAT). For further details on this requirement please contact the nearest Canadian Armed Forces recruiting center.

Interested? Apply before April 30th each year at your local or online Canadian Forces Recruiting Office

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