MP Gord Johns' statement for Indigenous Veterans Day:
November 8th, 2023- Today, On Indigenous Veterans Day, we honour all those First Nations, Inuit and Métis people who have proudly served Canada in our armed forces. More than 12,000 Indigenous people have served throughout Canada's history, many of whom continue to serve today. We know through the stories shared by Indigenous veterans and their families that they were often forced to overcome many challenges to serve in uniform, often enduring hatred and systemic racism within the ranks. Many Indigenous servicemen and women came home from war to fight for recognition and equality. We owe them, their families and communities a debt of gratitude and support on this day and every day.