Indigenous veterans will be honoured by Tsleil-Waututh Nation Monday (Nov. 8), as it looks to commemorate those who have served in the military, locally and overseas.
Taking place at Whey-ah-wichen (Cates Park) on Indigenous Veterans Day, Tsleil-Waututh Nation says the event will honour veterans both past and present, and their descendants.
“It is important this day is acknowledged and as part of reconciliation it is important to educate the public about the role First Nations people played in serving locally in the military, serving in the world wars, and serving in more recent wars overseas,” a release from the Nation stated.
The ceremony will include a traditional welcome, acknowledgement of Tsleil-Waututh veterans, a reading by a student from the Tsleil-Waututh Nation school, and a performance by the Children of Takaya.
Council members will be present, along with war veterans, Elders, community members, and the Nation’s staff.
The ceremony will be held next to the paddling centre, and will begin at 2 p.m.