Bravery is one of the Anishinaabe seven grandfather teachings. This week of remembrance we, collectively, give our gratitude to the brave soldiers and veterans who participated in past wars of the world and in peacekeeping missions. The bravery they showed in battles overseas, and upon their return, have paved the way for their descendants to have a better life.
Being brave doesn’t always mean facing an external danger or threat. It also means overcoming personal struggles and challenges and sometimes the biggest fear a person has to face comes from within. Bravery is doing the right thing even if the circumstances are not pleasant. We can honour the gift these soldiers provided to us by showing bravery in our own lives and within our own communities.
I would like us to remember the Aboriginal veterans this week and honour their bravery.
Please take some time to read over the names of these warriors. Chi Miigwetch.
- Aboriginal Veterans Tribute Honour list surnames A to K: http://www.vcn.bc.ca/~jeffrey1/tribute.htm
- Aboriginal Veterans Honour List surnames L to Z: http://www.vcn.bc.ca/~jeffrey1/LtoZ.htm
This amazing interactive map has over 6,600 Aboriginal Veterans listed on the Tribute pages.
“This map represents those list totals of Aboriginal Veterans for each province/territory in Canada. Click on ‘Poppy’ icons and pins to open content (pop-ups) to view statistics, images, and links to additional interactive maps.”