AFN Honours the Sacrifice and Contributions of First Nation Veterans on Remembrance Day

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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For further information:

Jenna Young, AFN Communications Officer 613-241-6789, ext 401 or cell: 613-314-8157 or jyoung@afn.ca

Alain Garon, AFN Bilingual Communications Officer 613-241-6789, ext 382 or cell: 613-292-0857 or agaron@afn.ca

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