November 8 marks National Indigenous Veterans Day.
On this day, we honour the First Nations, Inuit and Métis men and women who serve and have served with distinction in the Canadian military for more than a century. Their contributions, both on the frontlines and at home, cannot be overstated, and Canada owes them a debt of gratitude. Their sacrifice is made all the more poignant by the discrimination many of these veterans experienced — and still experience — from Canadian society at large. As we continue to grow as a country, recognizing the contribution of Indigenous veterans and their role in our shared history is more important than ever.
In honour of First Nations, Inuit and Métis veterans, CIU is half-masting the National Flag of Canada flying at the CIU National Office in Ottawa.