Ottawa, ON — A post-secondary education seemed impossible for a young Captain Karen Stanley– until she joined the Canadian Army.

Capt Stanley is currently posted to Canadian Joint Operations Command Headquarters in Ottawa, where she  works as an Intelligence Officer, ensuring that requests for information between two parties – be they department, unit or section –- are properly fulfilled.

“I’m kind of the middleman, making sure people get the right information,” she said.

Capt Stanley hails from Armstrong /Whitesand First Nation, a small community three hours north of Thunder Bay, Ontario. It has just 400 residents and no high school. As a result, when Capt Stanley reached the age of 13, she left the reservation and attended school in the city while boarding with a local family. By the time she graduated, thoughts of university were far from her mind.

In September 2003, Capt Stanley took part in the Canadian Forces Aboriginal Entry Program  in Saint-Jean, Quebec. After three weeks of learning what military life is like, she decided to join the Canadian Army, and came back two weeks later for basic training. In 2004, after completing her Qualification Level 3 as a Signals Operator, she was posted to Petawawa, where she spent the next four years serving with both 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group  and 2 Area Support Group .

During this period, she joined the Defence Aboriginal Advisory Group (DAAG), which works to ensure Aboriginal issues, concerns and problems are made…

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