(Toronto, November 10, 2017) On Saturday, November 11th, Regional Chief Isadore Day will lay a wreath at Queen’s Park in memory of all First Nation veterans who fought in the World Wars, and in numerous other conflicts from Korea to Afghanistan. Tomorrow marks the 99th anniversary of the end of World War One on November 11th, 1918 – at the 11th hour, on the 11th day of the 11th month.
“This year, November 11th is also significant in that it marks the end of Treaties Recognition Week. Since the War of 1812, there has been one constant – a high rate of enlistment by First Nations into the Canadian and United States armed forces. Our Peoples stayed true to the partnerships we made and signed up to defend their lands, and their country, based upon the Crown and Treaty relationships,” said Chief Day. “On November 11th, we honour and pay tribute to all of those veterans who fought and died in defense of Canada. We also remember all those First Nation veterans who returned home only to encounter systemic racism and a continued denial of basic rights and recognition as people – such as land rights, education, the right to vote, and even the right to enter a Legion Hall.
“On this day we salute all of our men and women who currently serve in the military, both here in Canada and in the United States, since the Jay Treaty allows many of our Nations to enlist in both countries,” added Regional Chief Day. “On Remembrance Day, we will never forget the sacrifices made by all First Nations, and all Canadians made to ensure our lands and People remained safe and secure, and fulfill our end of the Treaty relationship.”
Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day
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