The Wollaston Lake Canadian Rangers Patrol Group will be receiving some special recognition this weekend.
A ceremony is planned for Sunday to present the unit with the Commander of the Canadian Army Commendation, and the Northern Commanders Citation from the RCMP.
Canadian Rangers spokesperson Capt. Steven Parker says the recognition is for northern search and rescue efforts.
“Over the last couple of years, the Canadian Rangers in Wollaston Lake have assisted the RCMP with four or five ground search and rescue missions,” he said. “So they are being recognized for that both by us, the military, and the RCMP.”
Parker says the Western Spirit 2 winter training exercise also arrives in Saskatchewan from Manitoba this weekend and members will travel by snowmobile from Wollaston Lake to La Ronge, Southend, Pinehouse, Ile a la Crosse and Fond du Lac.
“In Fond du Lac, it’s actually going to wait,” he said. “The exercise will take a pause there until the spring break-up is done. It will continue in June and it will go by boat from Fond du Lac to Fort Chipewyan in Alberta.”
Parker says the main goal of the exercise is to demonstrate the ablity of the Canadian Rangers to provide assistance to the military and the RCMP in the northern portions of the four western provinces.