VICTORIA (November 8, 2022) – MLA for Vancouver-Langara and Official Opposition Critic for Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Michael Lee released the following statement for Indigenous Veterans Day:
“Today, on Indigenous Veterans Day, we honour and remember the military service of First Nations, Inuit and Métis veterans.
“It’s a time to commemorate the many selfless sacrifices made by Indigenous Peoples and their families to protect the rights and freedoms we all enjoy today.
“Some of the highest decorated soldiers, aviators and sailors in our military history are Indigenous and have significantly contributed to Canada’s efforts during conflict and peace.
“They did this despite the systemic mistreatment many Indigenous Peoples received back home. They believed in a bright and peaceful future for all generations to come.
“On behalf of the entire BC Liberal Caucus, we send our gratitude to the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit veterans serving today and all those who have done so in the past.
“Many made the ultimate sacrifice, and they will not be forgotten. We hold their family and loved ones close to our hearts.
“Lest we forget.”