Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

April 06, 2009 16:04 ET

Ministers Strahl and Thompson Announce Partnership to Launch Metis Veterans Web Site

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 6, 2009) - The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians, and the Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, today announced a partnership with the Metis National Council to launch a web site that will allow the Canadian public to gain deeper awareness of the role played by Metis veterans during the First and Second World Wars.

"I am delighted that Metis veterans will finally have a venue through which they can tell their stories of heroism and sacrifice," said Minister Strahl. "This is an important step forward, not just for the veterans and their families, but for all Canadians. These are stories that we all need to hear."

"This project will pay tribute to the dedication and bravery of Metis Veterans who have served our country during wartimes," said Minister Thompson. "Their courage, sacrifices and accomplishments are a source of pride to their families, communities and all Canadians."

The web site will provide a virtual library through which Metis veterans will be able to share their photographs, stories, remembrances and the lessons they learned through their war experiences. It will also give Metis veterans information on program and services supports.

The Government of Canada is providing approximately $39,000 that will be used to create a content management system that will enable the Metis National Council (MNC) to store and disseminate data and research in real time, and to transmit knowledge to others using electronic data, graphic models, audio and video streaming mediums. The system will provide the MNC with a compelling and user-friendly tool to advance the interests of Metis Veterans.

This release is also available on the Internet at

Contact Information

  • Minister's Office
    Office of the Honourable Chuck Strahl
    Nina Chiarelli
    Press Secretary
    Minister's Office
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Richard Roik
    Director of Communications
    Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
    Media Relations
    Veterans Affairs Canada
    Media Relations