Flags at Half Mast for Indigenous Veterans Day


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Today we pay tribute to the significant contributions and sacrifices made by Indigenous peoples who have served in the Canadian Armed Forces in global conflicts and peacekeeping missions. Over 7,000 First Nations members, alongside numerous Inuit, Métis, and other Indigenous individuals, bravely served in the First and Second World Wars and the Korean War. It is estimated by veteran groups that as many as 12,000 Indigenous men and women were part of these three pivotal historical events. Since then, Indigenous members of the Armed Forces have continued to serve in operations worldwide.

Beyond their roles as soldiers, many Indigenous women undertook the critical task of nursing the wounded back to health, and their courage was recognized with over 50 decorations for bravery. Indigenous peoples also made significant contributions to peacekeeping efforts around the world; their courage and perseverance in the face of adversity continue to shape our world.

However, it's essential to remember that upon their return from conflict zones, Indigenous veterans did not receive the same recognition or benefits as their counterparts. They faced numerous challenges, including racism and denial of benefits, and some were even stripped of their status.

In honour of Indigenous Veterans Day, Confederation College will lower its flags to half-mast on November 8th as a mark of respect and recognition for the immeasurable sacrifices made by Indigenous veterans.