Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau received a classified memo in February regarding “Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP),” shedding light on the Canadian government’s response to an unidentified object detected and shot down over northern Canada’s Yukon territory on February 11. The document, obtained through a freedom of information request, has been heavily redacted, but it provides insights into Canada’s handling of such incidents.
According to the secret memo, the Yukon object marked the 23rd UAP tracked over North America in the early weeks of 2023. The memo explains that these objects are tracked sequentially, and most are found to be innocuous, not meeting the threshold for further reporting. Object #23’s origin and purpose remain unverified.
While “UAP #23” was one of three unidentified objects shot down by fighter jets over North America earlier in the year, it was described as smaller than the suspected Chinese spy balloon downed on February 4. U.S. President Joe Biden suggested that the three mysterious objects posed no immediate threat and were likely private or research balloons.
The memo, dated February 14 and classified as “secret,” was addressed to the Prime Minister and designated for limited distribution. It was also sent to Trudeau’s national security advisor and signed by Janice Charette, who was then the clerk of the Privy Council.
The document mentions that the Yukon object was detected on February 11 and shot down the same day by a U.S. F-22 fighter jet. It goes on to explain that harsh winter conditions and remote mountainous terrain led to the cessation of efforts to recover debris from the object.
The document raises questions about the potential threat posed by such objects and mentions their potential discovery by Indigenous hunters along a caribou migration route.
The memo underwent extensive redactions under sections 15 and 69 of Canada’s Access to Information Act, relating to national security and cabinet confidentiality.
While the document’s authenticity has been verified, both the Privy Council Office and the Prime Minister’s Office have declined to comment on it. The Canadian Department of National Defense did not disclose how many other unidentified objects have been detected over North America since the February incidents.
This revelation comes amidst increasing interest and investigations into unidentified aerial phenomena both in Canada and the United States as experts seek to understand these mysterious occurrences.