Métis Nation Veterans

During the First World War, the Second World War and the Korean War, Métis from across the Métis Nation enlisted in the Canadian military in large numbers. Many Métis who volunteered during the First and Second World Wars were descendants of Métis who fought for Louis Riel and Gabriel Dumont in 1885. Traditional Métis skills such as trapping, hunting, scouting and guiding were in high demand by the military and made the Métis very successful soldiers.

Following the Second World War, Métis veterans were often unable to obtain their veterans’ benefits after their military service.  Many Métis veterans would become political leaders and activists in their communities.  As the veterans aged and their immense contributions to Canada’s war effort were recognized and honored by the Métis Nation, a campaign was launched to right the wrongs of the past and ensure that these Métis heroes were accorded the honor and compensation they so justly deserved.

In 2009, Métis Nation leaders and the Honorable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indigenous Affairs, brought Métis Nation veterans of the D-Day landing to the Juno Beach Centre in Normandy France to open a Métis exhibit. In 2014, the National Métis Veterans Monument  was unveiled in Batoche, Sask.,with the names of more than 5,000 veterans engraved on the monument. In 2019, Federal Minister of Veterans Affairs Lawrence MacAuley issued Canada’s apology that the benefits offered to Canada’s Veterans did not meet the needs of  Métis Veterans and that it took three-quarters of a century to address the concerns of Métis Veterans who had joined Canada’s call to arms to enter the Second World War. At the same time, Canada and Métis Nation leaders concluded a $30-million Métis Veterans Recognition Payment Agreement to honor Métis Nation veterans of the Second World War including the payment of compensation.

Honoring WWII Veterans

Métis Nation honors veterans of Second World War including the payment of compensation from the $30-million Métis Veterans Recognition Payment Agreement concluded at the 2019 Crown-Métis Nation Summit.

Various organizations within the Métis Nation built the National Métis Veterans

September 10, 2019 – Federal Minister of Veterans Affairs Lawrence MacAuley makes historic announcement in packed room at the Royal Canadian Legion in Regina.

Statement of the Minister:

“Métis across Canada valiantly participated in military service, and their courage and contributions are a source of honour to their families, their communities, and to all Canadians. They served in the First and Second World Wars, the Korean War and as recently as in Afghanistan as well as in other conflicts and humanitarian efforts around the globe.

Looking back, it is clear that the pre- and post-Second World War experiences some Métis Veterans faced may have negatively affected their successful re-establishment in civilian life following the Second World War. Many experienced prejudice, poverty, and a relative lack of pre-war education, vocational skills, and work experiences. We apologize that the benefits offered to Veterans after the war were not well designed to meet Métis Veterans’ specific needs. For example, many Métis Veterans did not possess the required pre-requisites to access education and training.

“We regret that our country has taken three-quarters of a century to address the concerns of Métis Veterans who joined Canada’s call to arms to enter the Second World War. T

 $20,000 compensation cheques under the $30 million Canada-Métis Nation Veterans Recognition Payment Agreement.

Address

#4-340 MacLaren Street, Ottawa, ON, K2P 0M6

Phone

(613) 232-3216

Toll Free

(800) 928-6330

Fax

(613) 232-4262

Email

veteran.info@metisnation.ca