PSAC North Regional Yukon Indigenous Peoples’ Committee organized “Beginner’s Beading – Beaded Poppy Workshop” on November 2-3, 2019. In the spirit of reconciliation, the two-day event offered an opportunity for PSAC members to learn more about the long and proud tradition of indigenous military service.
“The First Nations, Métis and Inuit people of Canada have a long and proud tradition of military service to our country. While exact statistics are difficult to determine, the rate of Indigenous participation in Canada’s military efforts over the years has been impressive. These determined volunteers were often forced to overcome many challenges to serve in uniform, from learning a new language and adapting to cultural differences, to having to travel great distances from their remote communities just to enlist” – Veterans Affairs, Canada.
National Indigenous Veterans Day is observed November 8th, each year.