COURSEULLES-SUR-MER, France, June 6 /CNW Telbec/ - A monument to Métis
Nation citizens who fought during the two World Wars will be erected at
Canada's Juno Beach Centre in Normandy, France. The Métis National Council's
Minister for Veterans Affairs, David Chartrand, made the announcement today
while attending commemoration ceremonies marking the 65th anniversary of
D-Day, the June 6, 1944 liberation of Europe by Allied Forces during World War
"Thousands of Métis Nation citizens bravely and selflessly answered the
call to serve during the World Wars," said Chartrand. "This monument will
stand in eternal remembrance to those Métis who fought, who were wounded, and
who died defending their people, their country, and world freedom."
The monument will consist of an exhibit highlighting the history of the
Métis Nation in Canada and a Red River Cart, a widely recognized symbol of the
Métis Nation currently being constructed in the Métis Nation homeland. The Red
River Cart will be accompanied by Métis Nation veterans and youth to Juno
Beach in November, where they will take part in its unveiling with a
dedication ceremony during 2009 Remembrance Day events.
"Métis soldiers, sailors, and aircrew made incredible sacrifices for
Canada's war efforts," said Chartrand. "This monument is a long overdue
acknowledgement to these brave Métis men and women."
Minister Chartrand went on to thank Veterans Affairs Canada and the
Office of the Federal Interlocutor for Métis for their assistance in making
the monument possible and providing resources for Métis Nation veterans and
youth to participate in its dedication ceremony.
The MNC represents the Métis Nation in Canada at the national and
international level. The Métis Nation's homeland includes the 3 Prairie
Provinces and extends into Ontario, British Columbia, the Northwest
Territories and the northern United States. There are approximately 350,000 -
400,000 Métis Nation citizens in Canada, roughly a quarter of all Aboriginal
peoples in the country.
For further information:
For further information: Greg Taylor, MNC Communications, (613)