November 8, 2018 (Ottawa, ON) – The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples commemorates National Aboriginal Veterans Day, in honour of all Indigenous peoples who have served for Canada.
“This past September at our Annual General Assembly, we stood together in a Recital of Remembrance in honour of Indigenous veterans and those currently serving”, says National Chief Robert Bertrand, “Today on National Aboriginal Veterans Day we also honour the contributions of those who have given so greatly to this country”.
We are proud of the more than 12,000 First Nation, Inuit & Métis people who selflessly chose to serve and protect this great nation for more than a hundred years. As our peoples continue to serve this country with bravery and courage, we take this day to reflect on their commitment to the peace and security of those in Canada and oversees.
“I will be honoured to attend the November 11th ceremonies at the National Aboriginal Veterans Monument and the National War Memorial in Ottawa. We owe these veterans our deepest gratitude and offer prayers in memory of those who have sacrificed their own lives”, concludes Chief Bertrand.
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The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples is the national voice representing the interests of Métis, status and non-status Indians, and Southern Inuit Indigenous People living off-reserve. Today, over 70% of Indigenous people live off-reserve.