Aboriginal Veterans Day

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2022 DateNovember 8, 2022
2023 DateNovember 8, 2023
Aboriginal Veterans Day

Aboriginal Veterans Day History

Aboriginal Veterans Day seeks to remember and honor those indigenous people who lost their lives in war. According to Veterans Affairs Canada, more than 7,000 aboriginal people served in these wars. More than 500 lost their lives and many more were wounded. This day serves as remembrance for the indigenous people who fought and died in the line of duty, particularly during WWI, WWII, and the Korean War.

Aboriginal Veterans Day was established in 1994 in the city of Winnipeg. It is observed annually on November 8th.

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Aboriginal Veterans Day Facts & Quotes

  • Over 12,000 First Nation members, Inuit, Métis, and other indigenous men and women served in Canada's military during World Wars I and II as well as during the Korean war.
  • There were over 2,700 indigenous members in Canada's military forces as of 2020.
  • Indigenous Peoples continue to answer the call and to play a critical role in Canada's effort to promote and protect peace and security. Today and every day, it is essential that we thank them and let them know that we appreciate them, and that they are respected, both abroad and at home - Minister Dan Vandal, Indigenous Veterans Day 2020

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