Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

June 21, 2008 14:03 ET

National Aboriginal Veterans Monument Receives Federal Support

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 21, 2008) - The Government of Canada will help fund work on the National Aboriginal Veterans Monument, which honours fallen Aboriginal servicemen and women.

The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, is pleased to announce a contribution to the National Aboriginal Veterans Association for changes to the monument located in Confederation Park.

The Government is providing the maximum amount available through Veterans Affairs Canada's Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program-$25,000. When the project is finished, the monument will sit on a four-sided granite stone plinth into which four bronze panels will be set. The panels will depict the First and Second World Wars, the Korean War and Peacekeeping.

"This monument is a beautiful work of art that pays tribute to the role Canada's Aboriginal men and women have played in defending peace and freedom," said Minister Thompson. "Their bravery and sacrifice will never be forgotten."

The Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program helps communities across Canada preserve the memory of those who have served our country. Through partnerships with community groups and local organizations, the cenotaphs and monuments honouring Veterans, Canada's war dead and significant events, are maintained with the standard of care and dignity that they deserve.

To learn more about the program or to apply for funding, call 1-877-604-8489 or visit www.vac-acc.gc.ca.

The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs attended the annual Commemorative Ceremony at the National Aboriginal Veterans Monument today. Photos are available at www.vac-acc.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    613-992-7468
    or
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Richard Roik
    Director of Communications
    613-996-4649