Detachments and Units

Detachment Nunavut

Joint Task Force (North) Detachment Nunavut is located in the capital city of Iqaluit. The personnel work at the Personal Accommodation Barracks situated next to the Canadian Forces Fighter Forward Operating Location.

The Detachment’s main tasks are to:

  • Represent Commander Joint Task Force (North) in Nunavut;
  • Maintain liaison with Federal and Territorial other government departments and selected non-governmental organizations;
  • Provide operational awareness to Joint Task Force (North);
  • Support to 1st Canadian Rangers Patrol Group as required;
  • Involvement in the community; and
  • Augment Joint Task Force (North) Headquarters for major operations.

Detachment Yukon

Joint Task Force (North) Detachment Yukon is located in the capital city of Whitehorse. Detachment Yukon is located at 5096 on 5th Avenue.

The Detachment’s main tasks are to:

  • Represent Commander Joint Task Force (North) in the Yukon Territory;
  • Maintain liaison with Federal and Territorial other government departments and selected non-governmental organizations;
  • Provide operational awareness to Joint Task Force (North);
  • Support to 1st Canadian Rangers Patrol Group as required;
  • Involvement in the community; and
  • Augment Joint Task Force (North) Headquarters for major operations.

1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group

Joint Task Force (North) is home to 1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group which encompasses Nunavut, Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Atlin, British Colombia.

1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group has over 1750 Rangers in 60 patrols and more than 1600 Junior Canadian Rangers in 41 communities across the north. 1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group headquarters is located in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.

The mission of the Canadian Rangers is to provide lightly equipped, self sufficient, mobile forces in support of Canadian Armed Forces sovereignty and domestic operation tasks in Canada. In the north, these main tasks include; participation in Northern Operations, conduct North Warning Site patrols, report suspicious and unusual activities, assist in Search and Rescue when tasked and collect local data of military significance.

Canadian Rangers are easily identified by their distinctive red t-shirt, red sweatshirt, combat pants and ball cap emblazoned with the Ranger crest. They are the eyes and ears of the Canadian Armed Forces in the North, hence their motto VIGILANS – “the watchers.” Many Canadian Rangers in 1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group are Inuit and speak Inuktitut as their first language. Others speak Dene or other native languages.

The Canadian Rangers have a tremendous impact on the lives of people in their hamlets. A significance number of Rangers hold leadership positions as mayors, chiefs or Ranger sergeants. From helping to recover lost persons to representing the Canadian Armed Forces to setting a positive example for the youth, Canadian Rangers in the north are always ready to participate. Rangers are active community members who have a positive influence on their peers and are often seen as role models for young people.

To learn more about the Canadian Rangers and 1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group visit their website.

Area Support Unit (North)

Area Support Unit (North) Headquarters

Area Support Unit (North) Headquarters is chiefly responsible for facilitating Northern military exercises and operations for Joint Task Force (North), 1st Canadian Rangers Patrol Group, 440 (Transport) Squadron, Loyal Edmonton Regiment (The Yellowknife Company), and other units.

Orderly Room

The Area Support Unit (North) Orderly Room provides administration and financial services to military and civilian members of Joint Task Force (North). They are the unit of record support for Joint Task Force (North) Headquarters, 440 (Transport) Squadron, 1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group, and the Loyal Edmonton Regiment (The Yellowknife Company). 

Technical Services section

The Technical Services section includes Transport and Electrical Mechanical Engineers section, a Supply section and a Traffic section:

  • Transport and Electrical Mechanical Engineers section is responsible for the provision and maintenance of Mobile Support Equipment (MSE) support to Joint Task Force (North) and its dependencies, as well as lodger units.
  • Supply section is an authorized second line supply facility. The Supply section is comprised of two sub-sections: The Material Control (warehouse) operations and the System Control (customer service, procurement and contracts) operations.
  • Traffic section provides shipping and receiving support services. The majority of material moved in and out of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, and Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, is completed by commercial transport, and on occasion, Canadian Forces road transport. Canadian Forces airlifts are used very rarely and only as special flights for visiting Canadian Forces personnel or moving of troops during specific operations/exercises. The Traffic Section also coordinates in and out posting moves at Joint Task Force (North) including its two detachments.

Telecommunication and Information Services section

The mission of Telecommunication and Information Services is to provide garrison and deployable command, control, communication, and information systems and services (C3IS2) required by Joint Task Force (North) and Area Support Unit (North), as well as to provide garrison and selected deployable C3IS2 to all Canadian Forces units supported by Area Support Unit (North).

Construction Engineering section

The Construction Engineering section is responsible for the facilities: operation and maintenance of the Joint Task Force (North) Headquarters building; grounds keeping for Joint Task Force (North) Headquarters and North of 60 Military Family Resource Centre, and contractual repairs and services for Area Support Unit (North).

1 Field Ambulance Detachment Yellowknife

The mission of the 1 Field Ambulance Detachment Yellowknife is to provide high quality primary clinic health services and support all units of the Joint Task Force (North).

North of 60 Military Family Resource Centre

The North of 60 Military Family Resource Centre offers support and services to military family members posted to the North.

Activities and events are coordinated and implemented by our Program Coordinator who also assists with providing direction with navigating the Yellowknife community and making referrals to local programs and services. 

Short-term counselling is provided in-house by our Prevention, Support and Intervention Counsellor.  Counselling services follow strict confidentiality and comprises of individual, couples or family counselling.  Psychological education and health and well-being programs are also provided by our counsellor. 

Visit our website: www.familyforce.ca/sites/Yellowknife/EN/Pages/default.aspx

Visit our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/mfrc.north

Joint Personnel Support Unit

The Joint Personnel Support Unit offers services to all Canadian Forces members located in the three (3) territories of Canada’s North through the Integrated Personnel Support Centre located in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.

The Northern Canada Integrated Personnel Support Centre offers support services to Canadian Forces members who are ill or injured, partnering with internal and external organizations. Services offered at Return to Work coordination, casualty tracking, outreach, information, support and advocacy services, and administrative support to families of the fallen following the disengagement of the Designated Assistant.

Visit our website: cmp-cpm.forces.mil.ca/dcsm-dgsb/jpsu-uisp/index-eng.asp

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