This week, on November 8th, we celebrated Indigenous Veterans Day, honouring the Indigenous veterans of Canada who have served in missions across our country and around the world in times of war, conflict, and peace. The military service of First Nations, Inuit and Metis in Canada has deep roots and its important that we recognize and remember their contributions and sacrifices.
Beginning with the War of 1812, Indigenous soldiers have been enlisted and this involvement continues in modern times in Afghanistan, in Europe and other places around the world. Indigenous people in times of war and peace been involved in service for more than 200 years.
On Indigenous Veterans Day and tomorrow, Remembrance Day, we honour the service, the courage, and sacrifices of those in service today, all veterans, and those that have made the ultimate sacrifice.
It is my pleasure to share with you today a new project at Qalipu First Nation to honour and remember our Indigenous Veterans. The Indigenous Veterans Memorial Wall was put together with the help of our community members who sent in pictures, names and other details of their family members and loved ones, Indigenous veterans who are no longer with us. This wall of remembering will be maintained on our website and added to each year for Remembrance Day.
I encourage everyone to take a moment to view the Memorial Wall and reflect on the sacrifices that have been made. Likewise, I encourage you all to participate in activities taking place in your communities for Remembrance Day such as parades and ceremonies, and to lay a wreath where possible.