The Canadian Press
A military spokesperson says five men who appear in a filmed confrontation at an Indigenous ceremony in Halifax are members of the Canadian Armed Forces.
The incident took place at a spiritual event honouring the suffering of Indigenous Peoples on Canada Day.
The video shows five men clad in black and yellow shirts — one carrying a Red Ensign flag bearing the Union Jack in the corner — interacting with spectators at the ceremony.
In the video, one of the spectators appears to be holding an upside-down Canadian flag, leading to an exchange about the country’s history.
National Defence spokesman Daniel LeBouthillier has confirmed that five Forces members are involved in the incident, at least two of whom belong to the Navy.
Commanders of the Canadian Army and Navy released a joint statement Monday saying that the chain of command “takes action” when it learns that a member’s conduct is not in keeping with military code.
Vice-Admiral Ron Lloyd and Lt.-Gen. Paul Wynnyk said in a Facebook post that leadership’s actions will not be shared on social media unless it required.