Remembrance Day / Jour du Souvenir


Photo: Andrijko Z.
Memorial to Aboriginal war veterans in Canada
located in Ottawa, Ontario.

 National Aboriginal Veterans Day

National Indigenous Veterans Day (also known as National Aboriginal Veterans Day) is a memorial day observed in Canada in recognition of aboriginal contributions to military service, particularly in the First and Second World Wars and the Korean War. It occurs annually on 8 November. The day was first commemorated in 1994. The special memorial was created because before 1994 Indigenous veterans were not recognized in Remembrance Day activities. Indigenous veterans had to overcome many obstacles to serve Canada in these wars, including adjusting to new cultures, sometimes learning to speak new languages (usually English) and travelling long distances to enlist.

The memorial was inaugurated in Winnipeg in 1994 and has since spread nationwide.

Brockville Ontario 1970's







No local public ceremony for Remembrance Day
Pas de cérémonie publique locale pour le Jour du Souvenir



Photo: hobvias sudoneighm

A remembrance poppy from Canada, worn on the lapel of a men's suit. In many Commonwealth countries, poppies are worn to commemorate soldiers who have died in the war, with usage most common in the week leading up to Remembrance Day (and Anzac Day in Australia and New Zealand). The use of the poppy was inspired by the World War I poem In Flanders Fields, written by a Canadian physician and Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae.