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Operation CANOPY

Canadian Forces Assistance To Kashechewan

Operation CANOPY was the Canadian Forces (CF) participation in the Government of Canada’s efforts to help the residents of Kashechewan, Ontario.

CF personnel who had deployed to Kashechewan with a Reverse Osmosis Water Purification Unit (ROWPU) have returned to 8 Wing Trenton, Ontario, and 4 Wing Cold Lake, Alberta. They have successfully completed their mission of supplementing local water-purification facilities. The detachment produced enough potable water to meet the community’s daily needs during the operation. It also provided a reserve for the future. The detachment had arrived in the northern Ontario community on October 30, 2005.

Reservists from 3 Canadian Ranger Patrol Group, living in Kashechewan, remain ready to help the community as required.

Overall, the CF contribution has included:

  • a ROWPU detachment consisting of personnel from 4 Airfield Engineer Squadron (4 AES) at 4 Wing Cold Lake, Alberta, and 86 Airfield Support Unit (86 ASU) at 8 Wing Trenton, Ontario;
  • members from 3 Canadian Ranger Patrol Group located in northern Ontario who helped with ROWPU operations, distribution of drinking water, assistance to community elders, and liaison with community leaders; and
  • reservists, who were employed as liaison officers in Cochrane, Sudbury, Sault Ste. Marie, and Timmins.

Operation CANOPY was about Canadians helping Canadians, and yet another example of the professional and outstanding work accomplished by members in uniform.

With a population of about 1,900, Kashechewan is located in northern Ontario, approximately 480 kilometers north of Timmins, Ontario.