National Aboriginal Veterans Day — Nov. 8
Remembrance Day — Nov. 11

NATIONAL ABORIGINAL VETERANS DAY — NOV. 8
REMEMBRANCE DAY — NOV. 11

National Aboriginal Veterans Day

Aboriginal Veterans Day was established in Manitoba in 1994 and has since spread across the country to the other provinces and has been renamed National Aboriginal Veterans Day, recognized annually on Nov. 8. It’s a day to recognize and acknowledge the many contributions and sacrifices of Aboriginals not only to Canada’s war efforts but to its peacekeeping reputation.

More about National Aboriginal Veterans Day

Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day is a day for all Canadians to remember the men and women who served and sacrificed for our country. It is a day we encourage every individual, young and old, to pause, to give thanks and to remember.
The Remembrance Day Ceremony has played a major role in Remembrance since 1931. Every year, at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, we gather in memorial parks, community halls, workplaces, schools and homes to stand in honour of all who have fallen.

More about Remembrance Day

Each year, we recognize National Aboriginal Veterans Day on Nov. 8 and Remembrance Day on Nov. 11. Although we may not be able to gather together as we would like to, it’s important to continue the act of remembrance, now and always. Take a moment to reflect upon the sacrifices so many have made, and on the terrible toll war has taken — and continues to take — on humankind. If the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that we can accomplish things that were once thought impossible — but only by coming together for the common good. If we are to rid the world of the scourge of war, it will also be in this way — through the collective efforts of us all. Lest we forget.

Lynn Wells
Interim President, Brock University

Along with Remembrance Day on Nov. 11, it’s important to take time on Nov. 8 to remember National Aboriginal Veterans Day and honour the many First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people who’ve served in Canadian military. In addition to the sacrifice of service, these vets too often faced racism and discrimination, including being excluded from Remembrance Day commemorations. Honouring our Indigenous vets on Nov. 8 is an act of reconciliation.

Robyn Bourgeois
VICE-PROVOST, Indigenous Engagement

On Remembrance Day, we reflect on and acknowledge the freedoms that we’re privileged to have in Canada. The freedoms that were defended by our brave veterans in decades past. We honour the sacrifices of brave Canadians who have served and continue to serve our country so that we can live freely, live peacefully and exercise our rights as Canadians. By remembering their service, we recognize the future our veterans and their families sacrificed for, a future they believed in.

RAFAY REHAN
President, Brock University students union

As the grandson of two immigrant families and a third-generation Canadian, it’s important to recognize the incredible sacrifice so many Canadians have made in conflict around the world. It can be easy to lose sight of the stakes of some of these conflicts given where they are taking place but we cannot forget the impact that this country and its people have had in stemming the tide of oppression around the world.

Christopher Yendt
President, Brock University Graduate Students’ Association

Brock University ceremony livestream — Nov. 11, 10:50 AM

Local Ceremonies on Thursday, Nov. 11

Grimsby
Museum

10:50 a.m.

Event details

Niagara Falls
Fairview Cemetery

10:45 a.m.

Event details
Watch on Youtube

Niagara-on-the-Lake
multiple locations

10:15 a.m.

Event details

Pelham
Veterans Park

10:45 a.m.

Event details

Port Colborne
H.H. Knoll Lakeview Park

10:45 a.m.

Event details
Watch on Youtube

St. Catharines
Cenotaph
10:45 a.m.

Livestream will be available and audio available live on Newstalk 610 CKTB.

Wainfleet
Cenotaph

10:45 a.m.

Event details

Welland
Chippawa Park

10:45 a.m.

Event details

Let us never forget

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