Lieutenant Governor Russ Mirasty’s Message for National Aboriginal Veterans Day

Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020
Hello. Tansi. November 8th is National Aboriginal Veterans Day. 
According to Veterans Affairs Canada, as many as 12,000 First Nations, Métis and Inuit people served in the First and Second World Wars, the Korean War, and in subsequent operations with the Canadian Armed Forces. Some 500 lost their lives in the line of duty. These capable men and women contributed unique skills as expert marksmen, scouts, and “code talkers,” who used Cree to send messages during the Second World War. Many received decorations for bravery. In the years since, Indigenous Canadians have continued to serve on NATO and United Nations operations, in Afghanistan, and as Canadian Rangers.
As we mark National Aboriginal Veterans Day, it is important for us to remember those who have served our country and are no longer with us. To each First Nations and Métis veteran who continues to contribute to our province, thank you for your service to our nation. 
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Heather Salloum
Office of the Lieutenant Governor

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