OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 22, 2014) - The Royal Canadian Legion acknowledged Aboriginal Awareness Week as well as the many Aboriginal cultures in Canada, including First Nations, the Inuit and the Métis earlier today.
"This week, designed to honour the Canadian Mosaic is a welcomed part of our Canadian Heritage," says Dominion President of The Royal Canadian Legion, Gordon Moore. "We are pleased not only to acknowledge but also participate in this event and recognize many Aboriginals who served and continue to do so in the Canadian Armed Forces and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police," adds Moore.
First Nations, the Inuit and the Métis have an important military history. For example, during the First World War, more than 4,000 Aboriginal Canadians volunteered to join the military. During the Second World War, more than 3,000 Aboriginal Canadians served in our military overseas. A few years later, hundreds volunteered to help the United Nations defend South Korea during the Korean War. This proud history of support to defend this country continues to this day. Likewise, in the early days of the Legion, many Aboriginal Veterans were some of the first members to join this organization and play a key role in the direction the Legion would take in support of all Veterans. Today, many Aboriginals are members of the Legion where they are still engaged in shaping the future of Canada's largest Veterans' not-for-profit organization.
The Legion participated in the AAW by having a kiosk on the main concourse in the MGen. George R. Pearkes Building, 101 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa today. This event is part of a larger Aboriginal Affairs Secretariat (AAS) initiative, in conjunction with Parks Canada, the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces to recognize Aboriginals in the public service - including military and Royal Canadian Mounted Police service.
ABOUT THE LEGION
Established in 1926, the Legion is the largest Veterans' and community support organization in Canada with more than 320,000 members. Its mission is to serve all Veterans including serving Canadian Armed Forces and Royal Canadian Mounted Police members as well as their families, to promote Remembrance and to serve our communities and our country.
The Legion's Service Bureau Network provides assistance and representation to all Veterans regarding their disability claims, benefits and services from Veterans Affairs Canada and the Veterans Review and Appeal Board. In communities across Canada it is the Legion that perpetuates Remembrance through the Poppy Campaign and Remembrance Day ceremonies. With more than 1, 460 branches, the Legion supports programs for seniors, Veterans' housing, outreach and visitation, youth leadership, education, sports, Cadets, Guides and Scouts.
We Will Remember Them.