Whether it was during the Boer War, the First World War, or the Second World War; whether it was in Korea, Bosnia, Iraq or Afghanistan; whether it was at home or abroad, Aboriginal people have always answered the call.
It is estimated that more than 4000 Aboriginal people volunteered for service in the First World War, and nearly the same amount during World War II. Aboriginal peoples’ in Canada have always performed their duty with distinction, with honour, with pride, and with valour.
The sacrifices of so many Aboriginal people will never be forgotten and their contribution to the peace and prosperity that we enjoy as Canadians can never be taken for granted. On this day of Remembrance, ALYS pays tribute to the countless Canadians; Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal alike that gave up their livelihood, that gave life- for our freedom.
We will remember.