OTTAWA, June 20, 2013 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Steven Blaney,
Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister for La Francophonie, Royal
Galipeau, Member of Parliament for Ottawa-Orléans, laid a wreath at the
National Aboriginal Veterans Monument in honour of Aboriginal Veterans
who served their country in times of conflict.
"Today, our Government pays tribute to Canada's Aboriginal Veterans who
served during the First World War, the Second World War, the Korean
War, and in other times of conflict," said Minister Blaney. "I
encourage all Canadians to recognize the service and sacrifices of our
country's Aboriginal Veterans."
More than 7,000 Aboriginal men and women served in the First and Second
World Wars and in the Korean War. Of this number, at least 500 lost
their lives. As only Status Indians were identified at the time, the
exact numbers of Inuit, Métis and non-status Indians who also served
during these 20th century conflicts are unknown. Many Aboriginal men and women continue
to serve in today's Canadian Armed Forces.
"Aboriginal Veterans have made a considerable contribution to Canadian
history and to efforts of the Canadian Armed Forces," said MP Galipeau.
"Remembering the legacy they left behind is essential to understanding
who we are as Canadians."
With this year's special emphasis on Veterans of the Korean War, today's
ceremony commemorated the participation of several hundred Aboriginal
Canadians in operations on the Korean Peninsula. Of those who
volunteered for service, some had previously served in the Second World
War and others were already active in the Canadian Army at the time.
For more information on the role of Aboriginal Veterans in Canada's
military history, please visit www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/history/aboriginal.
2013 is the Year of the Korean War Veteran—Canada proudly remembers the
heroes of the Korean War and their brave fight to uphold freedom,
democracy and the rule of law.
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
For further information:
Media Relations Advisor
Veterans Affairs Canada
Jean-Christophe de Le Rue
Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs