OTTAWA, ON, September 22, 2021 / CNW / – Today, Her Excellency the Right Honorable Mary May Simon, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, attended a ceremony to honor Indigenous and non-Indigenous veterans and to commemorate the 20e anniversary of the National Aboriginal Veterans Monument. The event, hosted by Aboriginal Veterans Autochthones, took place at Confederation Park.

Her Excellency addressed the audience, which included Indigenous leaders and veterans, as well as members of the Canadian Armed Forces. She then laid a wreath on behalf of all Canadians.


“As Governor General and Commander-in-Chief, I thank Indigenous Veterans – all Veterans – as well as serving military personnel and all who have sacrificed for our country.

As an Indigenous person, I am proud of all that we have accomplished and look to the future with great hope. ”

Her Excellency the Right Honorable Mary May Simon, Governor General of Canada

Fast facts:

  • The National Aboriginal Veterans Monument was established in 2001, by Christmas Lloyd Pinay of Peepeekisis First Nation, in Saskatchewan.
  • The National Indigenous Veterans Monument was inaugurated on June 21, 2001, through from Canada 26e Governor General, the Right Honorable Adrienne Clarkson.
  • The monument honors the Aboriginal men and women who served in the Canadian Armed Forces.
  • This ceremony is usually held on National Indigenous Peoples Day (June 21st), but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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