Indigenous Veterans Day – November 8th

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November, 2017

As we prepare to honour all Canadian veterans this November, we wanted to take a moment to specifically acknowledge the Indigenous veterans that served and continue to serve, in the Canadian military.

 

WHERE YOU CAN HONOUR OUR INDIGENOUS VETERANS

 

The 13th Annual National Aboriginal Veterans Day will be held in Vancouver on November 8th from 9 am – 3 pm. Starting at Carnegie Centre (Main & E Hastings st.), the Squamish Peace Keepers will lead the Community First Nations Veterans Honour March to the Victory Square Cenotaph (Cambie & E Hastings st.)

  • 9:00 am: Dignitaries and Community groups will assemble in the Carnegie Centre.
  • 10:15 am: Squamish Peace Keepers will lead the Community First Nations Veterans Honour March to the Victory Square Cenotaph (Cambie & E Hastings St.)
  • 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Reception, Honour Veterans star blanket ceremony at the Friendship Centre (1607 E Hastings).

For further information, please refer to the Facebook event

WHERE YOU CAN LEARN

 

The Port Moody Museum has organized 3 events to honour Indigenous Veterans and share their stories:

Aboriginal Veterans Day Drum-Making Workshop
When:
 November 8th, 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Make your own drum with special guest Alice Guss in honor of Aboriginal Veterans Day and hear stories about Indigenous veterans.
Cost: 3” drum – $15, 6” drum – $30, 14” drum – $150

Great War Talk and Candlelight Vigil
When:
 November 10th, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Join us for a Great War talk on the Battle of Passchendaele followed by a candlelight vigil held in the trench at 8pm where playwright Charlotte Cameron will read from her one-act play Running: The Alex Decoteau Story 

Great War Talks: Aboriginals in the Great War
When: 
Nov 12th, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Join guest speaker Tom Van Walleghem as he gives a talk on First Nations soldiers in the Great War.

WHAT YOU CAN READ

 

The INAC Website has a discussion on the importance of Aboriginal Veterans Day and the important contributions made by Indigenous veterans.

Remembrances: Metis Veterans (by David Hutchinson) features interviews with Metis Veterans that fought in WWI, WWII, and the Korean War.

Native Soldiers, Foreign Battlefields (by Janice Summerby) is an educational piece published by Veterans Affairs Canada that highlights some of the Indigenous Veterans who served in the Canadian military.

Forgotten Soldiers (by Fred Gaffen) looks at the Indigenous population in Canada in both World Wars and is split into four sections: World War I, between the wars, World War II, and a comparison with the Indigenous peoples of Australia, New Zealand, and the U.S.

For King and Kanata: Canadian Indians and the First World War (by Timothy Winegard) looks at the Indigenous Veteran’s experience of World War I on the battlefield, and later at home as returning vets.

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WHAT YOU CAN WATCH

 

Canada’s Heritage Minute produced a 1-minute video on the eulogy given for Tommy Prince, Canada’s most decorated Indigenous war veteran.

Forgotten Warriors, directed by Loretta Todd, is available to watch online and is an emotional film that features Indigenous Veterans’ war memories and their healing process.

 

RESOURCES

 

An impressive website, simply titled Aboriginal Veterans Tribute Honour List, does a fantastic job of providing information on Indigenous Veterans, their Nations, which wars they served in, and details about their rank/division/unit/regimental or service number.

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