Indigenous Veterans Day, Nov 8

Remembrance Day, Nov 11

God our Creator, you call us to spread peace and love in the world. You tell us that those who work for peace will be called your sons and daughters. Help us to live in peace with you and with one another so that we can truly be free.

Bkejwanong Territory (Walpole Island First Nation)

O Canada

Students from Kettle and Stony Point

sing O Canada in Ojibwe

Audio file and transcript of O' Canada sung in Ojibwe

Heritage Minute: Tommy Prince

Tommy Prince was Canada’s most decorated Indigenous War Veteran, with 11 medals from WWII and the KoreanWar. Prince had a strong sense of civic duty and a fierce pride in his people. This Heritage minute recognizes Prince’s contributions.

Heritage Minute: Peacemaker

Centuries ago, the five Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) Nations created the Iroquois Confederacy that bound these nations together in peace and unity. The origins of this Confederacy are explained in the legend of the Tree of Great Peace.


Heritage Minute: Patrimoine

Aboriginals in WW2.pdf

Commitment to Remember for Youth to Recite


CBC: The Secret Life of Canada

Meet Tom Longboat, an Onondaga long distance runner born in 1887 on Six Nations. Tom became one of the most celebrated athletes of all time, despite his struggles and encountering racism throughout his career.

Download S1: Shout Out to Tom Longboat

[mp3 file: runs 00:02:06]

Putting it into Perspective: First Nations Soldiers in the First World War

In this lesson students explore the experiences and contributions of Indigenous soldiers to Canada’s role in the First World War. They draw links between the treaty relationship and First Nations’ wartime involvement with a focus on the experiences of soldier Francis Pegahmagabow. Learn more

Indigenous War Heroes Teacher's Guide


Indigenous people have a long and proud tradition of military service in Canada. From the earliest days before Canada was even a country of its own, through the First and Second World Wars, the Korean War, post-war peace support efforts, Afghanistan and on to the present day, thousands of First Nations, Métis, Inuit and other Indigenous men and women have served bravely and well in uniform. Check out the Indigenous People in the Canadian Military website.

In the News

Charles Henry Byce honoured with bronze statue in Chapleau, Ont.

Byce's mother was Moose Cree and his father was a highly decorated veteran of WWI. CBC News Posted: Sep 17, 2016


New medallions honour veterans on National Aboriginal Veterans Day

'What better way to create awareness than to actually wear a medallion to say who you are,' vet says

By Tiar Wilson, CBC News Posted: Nov 08, 2015


Remembrance Day and Aboriginal Veterans Day Give Indigenous in Canada Their Due ICTMN Staff 11/11/15


Remembrance Day and Aboriginal Veterans Day (Nov. 8)

by NationTalk on November 7, 2011


Handmade Remembrance Day poppies proudly worn by aboriginal veterans

'It is something we do for ourselves as aboriginal people,' says veteran Joy Ward-Dockrey

By John Cotter, The Canadian Press Posted: Nov 10, 2015


Order an Indigenous Veterans Historical Sheet for the classroom from Veteran's Affairs Canada