OTTAWA, Nov. 11, 2011 /CNW/ - Assembly of First Nations National Chief
Shawn A-in-chut Atleo this week met with Yukon First Nation leaders and
veterans and had the opportunity to personally honour the many
contributions of World War II First Nation veterans including, Alex Van
Bibber, a member of the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations.
"We honour all First Nation veterans and their incredible contributions.
I am always deeply appreciative and inspired by our veterans. Alex is
one of our most decorated World War II First Nation veterans," National
Chief Atleo stated. "He served Canada with dignity and passion and has
been a role model looked upon for many years in the Yukon as a true
keeper of the land. He symbolizes our many veterans and the tremendous
contributions they have made and continue to make to their First
Nations and to all of Canada."
All First Nations leaders stand with our veterans in seeking full
recognition of their roles in serving this country. We advocate
strongly for their full inclusion in the benefits owed to them equally
as with all veterans. First Nation veterans embody the fulfillment of
our promises in Treaty relations - a solemn commitment to alliance and
mutual respect. Our veterans honour our Treaty responsibilities and we
seek this same recognition and respect from Canada."
Alex Van Bibber was born on the banks of the Pelly River in April of
1916 and is a citizen of the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations. He
has taught several generations to love and respect the land. A trapper,
outfitter, teacher, guide and leader, his life work has influenced
many. Alex served as a member of the Canadian Rangers since its
inception in 1947 and he received the Order of Canada in 1992 in
recognition of his dedication to the community and a lifetime of
outstanding achievements. Alex is an active and valued participant in
the Assembly of First Nations' veteran's activities.
The Assembly of First Nations proudly supports all First Nation veterans
and their families as First Nations from coast-to-coast-to coast gather
in ceremony to pay their humble respects to the remarkable dedication
of veterans of the past and of today.
The Assembly of First Nations is the national organization representing
First Nations citizens in Canada. Follow AFN and National Chief Atleo
on Twitter @AFN_Updates, @AFN_Comms and @NCAtleo.
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