RAVEN Indigenous Youth Initiative

Are you an Indigenous Youth living in Canada, and are you looking for a very challenging and rewarding employment opportunity for the summer? Do you like to make new friends, work hard, like do physical activities and enjoy the outdoors? Then maybe applying for the RAVEN Program is exactly what you are looking for.

In the summer of 2003, the Commander of Maritime Forces Pacific implemented the first RAVEN Aboriginal Youth Employment Program . This outreach program is designed to build bridges into the Indigenous communities in Canada and to make Indigenous youth aware of potential military or civilian careers with the Department of National Defence.

At the least, candidates must have completed Grade 10 and be a minimum age of 16 by the beginning of July - there is no maximum age limit. The program is a total of 6 weeks long and gives you a very good idea at life in the Canadian Armed Forces. You can complete the program with the option - but no commitment - to pursue a career in the Reserve Force, Regular Force, or work in a Civilian Occupation with the National Defence.

RAVEN is held at Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt at the Work Point Barracks, and the staff are current Military members who have years of experience. The Culture Camp phase is administered by Elders from different Indigenous communities.

Applications are processed until all positions are filled. If you wish to file an application, be sure you submit it to your nearest Canadian Armed Forces Recruiting Centre

To apply or if you have questions about the application process contact 1-800-856-8488 or www.forces.ca


If you have more specific questions about the Raven program please see the contact list below:

Raven Program Contact:  MS Michelle Howell Michelle.Howell2@forces.gc.ca

Raven Administrator: MCpl Brendan Ryan-Lewis Brendan.Ryan-Lewis@forces.gc.ca

Important Dates for RAVEN 2018

Application deadline:

until all Positions are filled but apply early.

Travel to Victoria, BC:

3 – 4 Jul 2018

Canadian Forces Swearing In Ceremony:

5 July 2018

Culture Camp:

6 - 9 July 2018

Military Training:

9 July - 14 August 2018


14 August 2018

Travel Home:

16 - 17 August 2018

(Please understand that these dates may shift slightly.)