Metis War Memorial To Be Unveiled In France

Tuesday, November 10, 2009 at 14:28



The minister of Indian Affairs says a new monument will bring long overdue attention to the contributions made by Metis soldiers who have served in war zones all over the world.


Tomorrow morning, Chuck Strahl will assist Metis veterans, youth and officials in the unveiling of a memorial exhibit at the Juno Beach Centre, near the site of the D-Day invasion in France.


Minister Strahl says he is proud to be participating in this “historic event” honouring Metis soldiers, aircrew and sailors.


Strahl says that, on behalf of all Canadians, he plans to thank Metis veterans for “the contributions and sacrifices made during the two world wars, the Korean War and the battle in Afghanistan, and peacekeeping missions around the globe.”


A Metis youth dance team will perform for spectators at the unveiling of the exhibit, which honours both the military contributions and the culture of the Metis people, and includes a Red River cart as a symbol of the Metis Nation.