VICTORIA (November 8, 2018) – Former Haisla Nation Chief Councillor and Skeena MLA Ellis Ross released the following statement today for National Aboriginal Veterans Day:
“Today, on Aboriginal Veterans Day, we honour and recognize the dedication, contributions, and sacrifices of all First Nations, Métis, and Inuit veterans.
“This year marks 25 years of our country commemorating Indigenous peoples’ contributions to Canadian military efforts.
“Veterans Affairs Canada estimates that of 12,000 aboriginal veterans who have served, over 500 have lost their lives. Their greatest sacrifice cannot ever be forgotten.
“On behalf of the entire BC Liberal Caucus, we offer our heartfelt gratitude for the heroic service of all First Nations, Métis, and Inuit veterans.
“We will never forget.