Honouring Indigenous Veterans

Remembering the sacrifices that bring all Canadians together.

November 8th marks Aboriginal Veterans Day, where Canadians honour Indigenous Veterans who put on the uniform and stood for the freedom of all Canadians.

It is believed that 12,000 Indigenous Canadians served in WWI, WWII, and the Korean War.

With our country increasingly divided, we can remember the sacrifices made by Canadians of all backgrounds for the freedom and survival of our nation, and this can inspire us to fight for a Canada where no region is taken advantage of, where all Canadians have economic opportunity, and where we actually strengthen our armed forces and ensure Canada is safe.

Below, you can see some videos honouring both past Indigenous Veterans, and Indigenous Canadians who continue to bravely serve our nation:

“This is Ghislain Cotton. He will represent Indigenous CAF members as the Eagle Staff bearer in overseas ceremonies marking the 75th anniversary of the Italian Campaign.

Their faces tell the story—explore our Faces of Freedom. #Italy75 #CanadaRemembers

http://ow.ly/Rv3Q50x5W5E”

“Today on Aboriginal Veterans Day, we salute the more than 12,000 brave Indigenous men and women who have served our country over the years.”

Spencer Fernando

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Sue

Remembrance Day is November 11th.

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Why can we not remember their sacrifices on the same day as the rest of Canada, they were Canadians?

Jane
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From the article : “….With our country increasingly divided, we can remember the sacrifices made by Canadians of all backgrounds for the freedom and survival of our nation…” And in remembering them on a separate day surely that re-enforces those very divisions ? We are ALL Canadians. Least, I thought we were. Why can’t we just celebrate our fallen on the SAME day – Nov. 11. That is not just a random day – it IS the day that ended WWI, after the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on 28 June 1919. We should ALL honor that day the… Read more »

Frances
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Sadly, when the indigenous men (and they were almost entirely men) came home from WW II, they wee not given the same rights and privileges as non-indigenous veterans. They did not get the same chances for education, housing, and other benefits as the rest of the veterans but where shipped back to the reserves and told to keep quiet.

arlene
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arlene

Thank you for posting this article. Remembering them … And the fact that every single one, man and woman, was a volunteer.

Joe
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Joe

What about the disrespect that s being taught to today’s kids?
“Okay Boomer” now teaches kids how the Boomer generation has destroyed the prospects of today’s kids…
I can see some parents will be the breaking point to this coddled geneation…