Indigenous Veterans Day

Indigenous Veterans Day is celebrated every year on November 8th.

Did you know....

1) That Indigenous people were not allowed to enlist until 1915?

2) About one third of First Nations people in Canada age 18 to 45 enlisted during World War One. Métis and Inuit soldiers also enlisted; however, only status Indians were officially recorded by the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF)

3) Many Aboriginal people distinguished themselves as talented and capable soldiers and at least 50 were awarded medals for bravery and heroism.

4) That until 1995 Indigenous Peoples were not allowed to lay a wreath at the National War Memorial?

5) That Indigenous (Aboriginal) Veterans Day was founded in Winnipeg in 1994 as a direct result of the edict under the Indian Act.

2018 was the first time our Association hosted Indigenous Veterans Day. To see what the day was all about please visit the Projects Page at MotorcycleTourism.Ca


We share this poem in honour of the Cree Speaking veterans of many wars.

Thanks to Jean Okimasis and Arok Wolvengrey for sharing their Plains Cree translation based on the Woods Cree Translation by Minnie McKenzie. (CreeLiteracy.org)


Charles "Checker" Tompkins and his brother Peter of Grouard Alberta played a pivotal role in World War Two as Cree Code Talkers.

We will Remember Them

At this moment, we have identified 5 Metis soldiers from our region, and and 8 Cree Soldiers from our region, who were killed in action. The service panels for our Metis soldiers are completed and translated in Cree and French, please see below.

The service panels for our 8 Cree soldiers will be translated and created as we have the funds to do so.

They are:

Noskeyi, Benjamin Joseph

Anderson, William John

Chalifaux (aka Chaifoux) , Joseph

Versailles, Peter

Wabisca, Emery

Norris, Russell John

Poitras, Thomas

St. Germain, Joseph Flavian

To learn more about the service and sacrifice our Canada's Indigenous visit:

Aboriginal Veterans: Honour Roll

Regional World War One Killed in Action Metis Soldiers

Harry Knibb, Grouard Alberta

John H. Pruden, Vanrena Alberta

Stanley H Pruden, Vanrena Alberta

Regional World War Two Killed in Action Metis Soldiers

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