Indigenous veterans honoured at Gold Eagle Casino

A Remembrance Day service was held at the Gold Eagle Casino in North Battleford honouring First Nations and Metis veterans.

Councillor Reverend Gordon Yarde of the Town of Battleford gave the ministerial address, saying they were remembering the sacrifice of friends and family, men and women.

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“Many you may know by name of those who fought in the World War One and Two, Korean War, Afghanistan and other scrimmages around the world. What were they fighting for? They were fighting for our survival, to preserve the way of life, to worship freely, and to speak freely. They were fighting a great prejudice that threatened the world and we are still fighting this.”

Chief Wayne Semaganis gave his message first in Cree and then in English. Semagenus said, “Look at the seats here. Last year we had a lot more people here. We have had a lot more people leaving us in sickness. It is harder every year to sit here to see the loss that we have had.”

Dave Pelletier read the many Indigenous names on the honour roll who served in various conflicts through the years.

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