November 9, 2012
(Ottawa, ON) – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo and Veteran Eldon Bernard of the Tobique First Nation will mark Remembrance Day by laying wreaths in honour of Canada’s First Nations veterans.
“We are marking November 11th by honouring the First Nations men and women who have and continue to serve Canada with pride and distinction,” said National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo. “The Assembly of First Nations proudly supports our veterans and their families as First Nations from coast to coast to coast gather in ceremony to pay their humble respects to the remarkable dedication of veterans of the past and of today.
“As we ‘Take Time to Remember’, I encourage all Canadians to learn about the important contributions of First Nations veterans in shaping this country. This year, as Canada commemorates the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, we recognize the contributions of more than 10,000 First Nation peoples who fought in this historic battle protecting their lands. This contribution was central to making Canada what it is today. Let us do justice to the memory of all our veterans by ensuring their contributions are acknowledged, respected and recognized by the Government of Canada, First Nations and all Canadians,” said National Chief Atleo.
The National Chief and Mr. Bernard, the New Brunswick representative on the AFN National Veterans Committee, will participate in the Remembrance Day services at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, Ontario on November 11 at 10:30 a.m. Mr. Bernard will recite the Act of Remembrance in Maliseet.
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