Ranger dies during military exercise
GJOA HAVEN, Nunavut—A member of Canada’s Arctic reserve force has died on a military exercise intended to monitor snow and ice conditions in the Northwest Passage.
Donald Anguyoak died Sunday in a single snowmobile accident in Nunavut, said RCMP Cpl. Yvonne Niego.
“The coroner’s office has taken over.”
Anguyoak, 46, was a member of the Canadian Rangers—the largely-aboriginal reserve force that works jointly with regular forces in the Arctic.
He was taking part in “Exercise Polar Passage,” which began Feb. 9 and runs to March 3.
Anguyoak was on duty, acting as head scout for other members of his patrol, when he died.
“Polar Passage,” now in its third year, brings Rangers from Gjoa Haven, Kugluktuk, Cambridge Bay, and Taloyoak together with federal scientists to gather information on a long stretch of the Northwest Passage.
The Rangers are trained to use sampling kits and to measure snow and ice thickness, water temperature, salinity, and plankton abundance.
There is no word on what Anguyoak was doing when he was killed. The Army said in a statement no further details would be released about the accident.
“A thorough investigation will be conducted to determine the case and any factors that contributed to this accident,” said the military news release.
Lt.-Gen. Peter Devlin, commander of the Army, said Anguyoak will be missed.
“We remember Donald for his passion about passing his knowledge and skills to the youth of Gjoa Haven through the Junior Canadian Ranger program,” Devlin said in a release.
The Junior Rangers are a youth wing of the Rangers—much praised in the north for bringing a positive activity to young people and for providing a way to transmit traditional land skills.