OTTAWA, June 19, 2015 /CNW/ - Mr. Mark Strahl, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, on behalf of the Honourable Erin O'Toole, Minister of Veterans Affairs, laid a wreath today at the National Aboriginal Veterans Monument to mark National Aboriginal Day, which is recognized on June 21, 2015. The ceremony paid tribute to the service and sacrifices of Aboriginal Canadians during the First and Second World Wars, the Korean War and other times of conflict.
- More than 7,000 Aboriginal men and women served in the First and Second World Wars and the Korean War, with at least 500 making the ultimate sacrifice.
- Many Aboriginals became snipers or reconnaissance scouts during the First World War, drawing upon traditional hunting and military skills to deadly effect.
- For information on Aboriginal-Canadian Veterans, visit veterans.gc.ca
"Our Government is honoured to recognize the significant contributions of Aboriginal Veterans. Their bravery and sacrifices during times of conflict will be remembered and shared with future generations."
The Honourable Erin O'Toole, Minister of Veterans Affairs
"I am honoured to pay tribute to the Aboriginal men and women who served so bravely during times of conflict. Their selfless acts of courage gave us the peace and freedom we hold so dear. We must continue to commemorate Aboriginal Veterans and those who died in service."
Mark Strahl, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs
SOURCE Veterans Affairs Canada
For further information: Martin Magnan, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs, 613-996-4649; Media Relations, Veterans Affairs Canada, 613-992-7468