National Aboriginal Veterans Day
November 1, 2016
Métis Nation BC Veterans Minister, Lissa Smith, along with Veterans Chair Dave Armitt, Veterans Women’s Representative Barb Hulme and Fraser MacDonald, Sargent at Arms, will be attending the 12th Annual National Aboriginal Day Rembrance Day Ceremonies on Tuesday, November 8th begining at 9:00am – 3:00pm at Carnegie Center at 401 Main Street.
MNBC Veterans Representatives and Minister Smith are honoured to be able to attend this event again this year in honour of our Métis and Aboriginal Veterans and join with fellow Veterans in the Honour March celebration.
During the 20th Century more than 12,000 First Nations…, Inuit and Metis men and women served in the Canadian Armed Forces in the First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945) and the Korean War(1950-1953) combined, Boen War,Vietnam War. Hundreds of Aboriginal Veterans died in service to Canada during the conflicts.
Aboriginal people have also served in over 42 peacekeeping missions since 1956 and many are serving in Afghanistan today. We are grateful to the families of our Aboriginal Veterans for the sacrifices they have made, and continue to make. We honour our Warriors of the past, and of today, for fighting for the rights of the People of Turtle Island and Mother Earth.
Aboriginal Veterans fought for the freedoms most other Canadians enjoy today, and we honour the great sacrifices and contributions they have made.
With unconditional love of freedom and highest honours of our beautiful country, we Salute our Veterans on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 with Pipe ceremony at Carnegie Center 401 Main Street Gym/Theatre. Veterans and Community Honour March to Cenotaph – Victory Square. Followed by reception, Honour Veterans star blanket ceremony, 12:00 – 3:00 afternoon at Friendship Center 1607 East Hastings.
Thousands of soldiers did not return from world wars. I believe the great spirit protects our Aboriginal Veterans, blessed to return home and work for the people freedom,disenfranchised and all….highest honours, respects. CALL OUT- HONOUR OUR Aboriginal, Metis, Inuit VETERANS, .keeping the traditions, medicine ways of our people.
If you require further information, please contact me at your earliest convenience. Please see our poster for your perusal: work in progress….request permission to add anyone able to be DONORS, ENDORSEMENTS, Wreath presenters on to poster credits at bottom of poster. Thank you for your considerations. I remain on standby for your advice. Highest honours, respects
~ Squamish Veteran: Robert Nahanee