Minister Rickford – Statement on Aboriginal Veteran’s Day – NetNewsledger

by ahnationtalk on November 9, 201877 Views

November 8, 2018

KENORA – Today, the Honourable Greg Rickford, Minister of Indigenous Affairs, issued the following statement commemorating Aboriginal Veteran’s Day:

“I am honoured and humbled to acknowledge the bravery, service, and sacrifice First Nation, Inuit and Métis veterans made on behalf of our country during the First World War, Second World War, Korean War, and in subsequent theatres where Canadian forces made the ultimate sacrifice.

Throughout our history, even before Confederation, Indigenous peoples fought, bled, and died as allies of the Crown, and in defence of Canada’s freedom and liberty. Fighting alongside the British during Canada’s formative years, the Battle of 1812 serves as a prime example of the courage and fighting spirit of Indigenous warriors, with more than 10,000 answering the call to defend this land against foreign invasion. Nearly 100 years later in the First World War, despite being exempt from conscription, Indigenous peoples voluntarily took up the cause of liberty, leaving their homes, families, and communities to join the fight for freedom.

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