Nancy Peckford issued the following statement on behalf of Council for Indigenous Veterans Day:
On behalf of the Municipality of North Grenville and Members of Council, I would like to take this opportunity to honour the contributions and sacrifices made by First Nations, Inuit and Metis in service to Canada.
On Indigenous Veterans Day, we remember those who fought for freedom, those who were wounded, and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Today, there are over 2,700 Indigenous members in our military forces. We thank the thousands of First Nations, Inuit and Métis who have played a critical role in Canada’s military and continue to make Canada proud through their service at home and abroad.
Recognizing Indigenous Veterans Day on November 8 allows us to better understand and commemorate the many accomplishments and sacrifices of Indigenous Peoples in war and peacekeeping.
We thank the thousands of First Nations, Inuit and Métis who have played a critical role in Canada’s military and continue to make Canada proud through their service at home and abroad.
As we move towards reconciliation in Canada, let us acknowledge the significant contributions Indigenous Peoples have made to our nation’s war effort.
In honour of Indigenous Veterans Day, representatives from Municipal Council, The Royal Canadian Legion, and the local Indigenous community gathered for a flag ceremony, where Municipal Flags were lowered to half-mast.
Lest we forget.