Sunday, June 23, 2024

National Indigenous Veterans Day

National Indigenous Veterans Day (also known as National Aboriginal Veterans Day) is a Memorial Day observed in Canada in recognition of aboriginal contributions to military service, particularly in the First and Second World Wars and the Korean War.

Korean War veteran Allen Derouin, of the Ojibwe First Nation 

It occurs annually on 8 November. The day was first commemorated in 1994. The special memorial was created because before 1994 Indigenous veterans were not recognized in Remembrance Day activities.

Indigenous veterans had to overcome many obstacles to serve Canada in these wars, including adjusting to new cultures, sometimes learning to speak new languages (usually English) and travelling long distances to enlist.

The memorial was inaugurated in Winnipeg in 1994 and has since spread nationwide.

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