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Lennox Island chief highlights contributions of Canada’s indigenous population on Remembrance Day – The Journal Pioneer

by ahnationtalk on November 12, 201976 Views


In her remarks during a Service of Remembrance at St. Anne’s Church on Remembrance Day, Lennox Island First Nation Chief Darlene Bernard paid tribute to all of Canada’s war veterans.

“These are men and women who fought to ensure many things that we take for granted – freedom, liberty and democracy,” said Bernard. “Never forget those who have given selflessly of themselves to protect people who they never met.”

Bernard went on to acknowledge the contributions of Indigenous Peoples in Canada and pointed out a greater percentage of the Mi’Kmaq in Prince Edward Island served in the First and Second world wars than from any other community on P.E.I.

“The Mi’kmaq were quick to selflessly volunteer to fight and die for a country that did not consider them citizens at that time,” she said, adding they were treated differently after the war than non-Indigenous veterans.

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