Province Acknowledges Aboriginal Veteran’s Day
Manitoba News Release
November 8, 2007
Culture, Heritage, Tourism and Sport Minister Eric Robinson today invited everyone to pay special tribute to the contributions of Aboriginal veterans.
“It is not known to everyone that many Aboriginal people battled along side non-Aboriginal people in defending Canada and continue to do so today,” said Robinson.He noted that through Manitoba Aboriginal and Northern Affairs and Manitoba Culture, Heritage, Tourism and Sport, the province is supporting the Manitoba Chapter of Aboriginal Veterans (MCAV) Remembrance Day service today. The MAC is the regional chapter of the National Aboriginal Veterans Association of Canada.
“As we prepare to take time on Nov. 11 to recognize all veterans, we also acknowledge the special contribution Aboriginal veterans have made and I would encourage everyone to take time to think about all of those men and women who have served to protect our country and our freedom,” said Robinson.
He added the province officially recognized Nov. 8 as Aboriginal Veterans’ Day after a private member’s resolution was introduced and accepted unanimously by the Manitoba legislative assembly in 1994.
Special events start at 10:30 a.m. today at the Aboriginal Centre of Winnipeg followed by a traditional veterans’ Aboriginal powwow at the Indian and Métis Friendship Centre.
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