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November 8th, 2021

NDP statement on Indigenous Veterans Day

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh made the following statement:

"On National Indigenous Veterans Day, we commemorate the contributions of the First Nations, Inuit, and Métis who served in Canada’s war and peacekeeping efforts around the world.

Indigenous peoples have a long and proud tradition of military service to Canada. From scouts and snipers in the First World War, to Cree Code Talkers in the Second World War, and countless other accomplishments in service, Indigenous peoples have a truly distinguished history in the Canadian military. At this time, we highlight the history of Indigenous veterans and recognize them for their important service. We must bring to light, that some veterans lost their Indian status after returning from war because they had been absent from their reserve for more than four years.

Today, along with the NDP Critic for Indigenous Services; Northern Affairs; Crown-Indigenous Relations, Lori Idlout, and the NDP Critic for Veterans, Rachel Blaney, we honour those who served and those who were lost in combat. We must remember their bravery, and their stories, to ensure a better future for everyone who serves today and in the future. We must stand in partnership with Indigenous peoples in reconciliation and work towards removing the systemic discrimination in our institutions.

We call on Canadians to join New Democrats in honouring the service of all Indigenous veterans. Lest we forget."