The Junior Canadian Rangers Programme is supported by the Department of National Defence (DND), Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) and communities in remote and coastal areas of Canada. This program also relies heavily on the interest and support of other informal partners, including provincial, territorial and regional government offices.
Department of National Defence / Canadian Forces
DND provides the structure, personnel and uniforms for the Junior Canadian Rangers Programme. Training expertise (Ranger Instructors), supervision, funding and training aids all come from the Canadian Forces.
The Canadian Forces takes its responsibility for the Junior Canadian Rangers Programme seriously. This interest is revealed in tri-annual visits (inspections) to the Junior Canadian Ranger patrols, training courses for the Ranger instructors, and frequent communication with the Adult Committees and Canadian Ranger Patrol Group staff.
The Canadian Forces also oversees the Canadian Rangers, without whom the Junior Canadian Rangers Programme could not exist. The close affiliation between the two organizations means that a Junior Canadian Ranger patrol can only be established in a community where Canadian Rangers already exists.
Canadian Rangers' responsibility for the youth program is substantial and includes:
- providing leaders for the Junior Canadian Rangers patrol
- teaching the Ranger Skills portion of the training
- providing qualified adult supervisors
- assisting the Adult Committee with its responsibilities
- liaising with the Canadian Ranger Patrol Group staff
- other as required
Canadian Rangers are role models for the youth. Not only do they provide the initial introduction to the traditions and customs of the Canadian Forces, they teach the Junior Canadian Rangers to show their pride by taking care of their uniforms and equipment, acting maturely at all times and setting an example for other youth in the community.
Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC)
Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) provides financial support for the Junior Canadian Ranger Programme through the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy (YES).