National Aboriginal Veterans Day 2022

November 7, 2022

With this week being a time of reflection and appreciation for Canada’s veterans – Remembrance Day is Friday – it’s also an opportunity to honour the sacrifices made by our country’s Indigenous veterans.  

National Aboriginal Veterans Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8, and is meant as a day of remembrance for those veterans – not just for their contributions to our country, but also to serve as a reminder of the struggles and inequality they faced upon returning home to Canada.  

“This is a day of remembrance and commemoration of the contributions of Indigenous veterans in the First and Second World Wars, as well as the Korean War,” said Mike Pue, District Principal for Aboriginal Education.  

“Educators across the District will be continuing to focus on honouring all veterans including Indigenous veterans as part of their learning this week,” added Pue.  

National Aboriginal Veterans Day began in Winnipeg in 1994, when Indigenous veterans were not recognized in Remembrance Day activities but are now celebrated in many communities across Canada. Over 12,000 Indigenous people are estimated to have volunteered in all three wars. Approximately 300 died during these conflicts. 

The District encourages our students, staff, and families to learn more about these veterans and their important contributions to our country by checking out the following sources curated by Aboriginal Education Program staff:  

Indigenous Veterans:
https://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/those-who-served/indigenous-veterans 

National Indigenous Veterans Day:
https://learningbird.com/national-aboriginal-veterans-day/

CBC: Indigenous veterans in B.C. call for recognition, more support: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/aboriginal-veterans-day-2021-1.6239775 

Aboriginal Veterans: Equals on the Battlefield, but not at home: 
https://www.ictinc.ca/blog/aboriginal-veterans