OTTAWA, June 21, 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 Canada's Aboriginal
"Today we gather to remember the efforts and tremendous achievements of
Canada's Aboriginal Veterans in times of conflict throughout our
country's history," said Minister Blaney. "It is so important for
Canadians to learn of the legacy of Canada's Aboriginal Veterans. Their
contribution has been and continues to be a significant part of our
More than 7,000 Aboriginal men and women served in the First and Second
World Wars and in the Korean War. Of these, at least 500 gave their
lives fighting for peace and freedom. An unknown number of Inuit, Métis
and non-status Indians also participated in these 20th century conflicts. Today, many Aboriginal, Inuit and Métis men and
women serve in the Canadian Armed Forces, a number of them having
served overseas in the war in Afghanistan.
"The stories of our Aboriginal men and women in uniform are an
inspiration to all Canadians," said MP Galipeau. "Their bravery and
skills were assets to Canada's efforts during the First and Second
World Wars, the Korean War and other conflicts. We must ensure that
their experiences are passed on to all Canadians, especially to future
Some 60 years ago, several hundred Aboriginal Canadians, including First
Nations, Métis and Inuit, served during the Korean War. Canada's role
in the Korean War started at sea, on Canadian warships such as HMCS Sioux, HMCS Cayuga and HMCS Huron. Not only did these ships carry the names of some of Canada's First Nations, some Aboriginal Canadians
proudly served aboard them. Soon, Canada's involvement in the Korean
War was expanded to the battlefields and skies of Korea.
Many Aboriginal Canadians who served in Korea had also served in the
Second World War, including Tommy Prince, one of Canada's most
decorated Aboriginal Veterans. For others it was their first
experience, as many young Aboriginals proudly followed in the footsteps
of family members who had served in the First or Second World Wars.
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