Town honours Aboriginal veterans
National Aboriginal Veterans Day: Nov. 8, 2012
Each year, from Nov. 5 - 11, Canadians take the time to acknowledge the achievements of our Veterans and honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
November 8, National Aboriginal Veterans Day, is the day for Canadians to recognize the many special contributions that Aboriginal Veterans have made - and continue to make - to our country.
"The Town of Stony Plain celebrates Aboriginal heroes who returned and honours those who gave their lives in military service," says William Choy, mayor of Stony Plain. "Today, we encourage everyone to think about all of the Aboriginal, Métis and Inuit men and women who have served to protect this country and the many freedoms we enjoy in Canada."
The tradition started 19 years ago, after a small group of people from BC and Man. took the initiative to "make things right" for Aboriginal Veterans across Canada. The day was chosen after a private members' resolution was unanimously passed by the Manitoba Legislative Assembly in 1994. Since that time, Aboriginal Veterans have gathered across Canada each November to reflect, remember and pay respects.
More than 7,000 First Nations, Inuit and Métis people served their country during wars and in times of peace; 500 lost their lives doing so. Aboriginal people have fought for Canada on the front line of every major battle since 1812. First Nations people enlisted as private soldiers in Canada’s military forces for the first time in 1899 during the Boer War. An estimated 7,000 First Nations people, and an unknown number of Métis and Inuit, served in World Wars I and II and the Korean War. More than 300 Aboriginal soldiers lost their lives in WWI; more than 200 in WWII.
The local Aboriginal community will be involved in the Remembrance Day service in Stony Plain on Nov. 11. The event, which takes place at the Heritage Park Pavilion, starts at 11:00 a.m.