Grand Council Treaty #3 Honours Veterans on Remembrance Day
Kenora, ON — Ogichidaa Francis Kavanaugh, Grand Chief of Treaty #3 honours today and every day the incredible sacrifice and lasting contributions of our First Nation veterans and those who continue to serve the country in uniform.
November 8 was National Aboriginal Veterans Day, a day of remembrance and commemoration of the contributions of Indigenous veterans in the First and Second World Wars, as well as the Korean War.
“The First Nations in our territory have a long and proud tradition of military service to our country. It is this time that we honour and remember them as warriors not only for Canada but for our communities and families. Many of them paid the ultimate price,” said Ogichidaa Francis Kavanaugh. “And we know that the fight is not yet over for First Nations veterans, their spouses and families who were denied access to services provided by Veteran Affairs Canada.”
It is estimated that 7,000 First Nations People served in the First and Second World Wars, and the Korean War and it was not until 1995, 50 years after the end of the Second World War that Indigenous Peoples were allowed to lay Remembrance Day wreaths at the National War Memorial to remember and honour their fallen comrades.
For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact: Office of the Ogichidaa, Kristine Reynard at (807) 548-4214 or Kristine.firstname.lastname@example.org