The history and legacy of Indigenous Veterans Day

November 8 is Indigenous Veterans Day, when Canada honours First Nation, Metis and Inuit soldiers and veterans, and their long, distinguished legacy of serving in the Canadian Armed Forces.

The Canadian flag on the Peace Tower in Ottawa and on all federal government buildings across the country – which were raised on Sunday to full mast for the first time since May 30 – were lowered again to mark Indigenous Veteran’s Day on Monday.

The flags were lowered in May, in recognition of the hundreds of unmarked graves identified at former residential schools where many Indigenous children suffered abuse and died while in the care of the government and church organizations.

Updated: November 10, 2021 — 10:40 am
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