The Métis National Council welcomes you to the Métis Nation Veteran Website.

The Métis National Council welcomes you to the Métis Nation Veteran Website.

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.

On September 10, 2019 the Government of Canada and the Métis Nation signed an agreement, which has established a program fund of $30M to compensate Métis Veterans and to commemorative the roles of Métis Veterans in defending Canada in both wars, to be established in Métis and other major communities across Canada. 

This website is part of our on-going efforts to keep citizens throughout the Métis Nation Homeland — and beyond — informed on developments and initiatives at the national and international level concerning Métis Nation Veterans. It is our goal to be the leading source of information for Métis Nation Veterans, and to provide Canadians with a better understanding of the contributions and sacrifices made by Métis Nation Veterans in service to their country and their people.

Recent News

Métis Nation Honours WWII Métis Veteran Phyllis Eascott

On February 28, 2020, Métis Nation Veterans Affairs Minister and MNC National Spokesperson David Chartrand was in Rivers, MB to present Métis WWII Veteran Phyllis Eastcott with a $20,000 cheque – the 19th Legacy Fund presentation as a part of the $30-million Canada-Métis Nation Métis Veterans Recognition Payment Agreement.

Métis Nation Second World War Heroes Honoured in Burnaby

February 10, 2020 – Raymond Carriere and Ernest Letendre Receive thanks of the Métis Nation and a $20,000 cheque to each of the veterans under the terms of the Canada-Métis Nation Métis Veterans Recognition Payment Agreement. 

Métis Nation Honours Second World War Veteran in Port Hope

November 9, 2019 – Métis National Council Minister of Veterans Affairs and National Spokesperson David Chartrand honoured a Métis veteran of the Second World War at a ceremony in Port Hope, Ontario today. Joseph Willmer Gagnon  enlisted on  April 26, 1941 and was assigned to the Canadian Forestry Corps of the Canadian Army as a truck driver. He spent most of his  wartime overseas time in Holland. His father,  Henry Holenger Gagnon, had fought in the Canadian armed forces during the  First World War at  Vimy Ridge and Passchaendaele in 1917. 

Métis Nation Honours Two Second World War Veterans on National Aboriginal Veterans Day in Ottawa

November 8, 2019 – Métis National Council Minister of Veterans Affairs and National Spokesperson David Chartrand honoured two Métis veterans of the Second World War at a ceremony in Ottawa today. The ceremony at the National Aboriginal Veterans Monument included the presentation of a $20,000 cheque to each of the veterans under the terms of the $30 million Canada-Métis Nation Métis Veterans Recognition Payment Agreement.

Métis Nation Second World War Heroes honoured in Saskatchewan

October 30, 2019, Saskatoon and Duck Lake, SK – MNC President Chartier and Minister of Veterans Affairs David Chartrand visited two Métis Nation veterans of the Second World War on October 30, 2019, joining with the veterans, their families and communities in ceremonies honouring the contributions of these Métis Nation heroes. Each was awarded a cheque for $20,000, making them among the Métis Nation Veterans receive these benefits under the recently concluded $30 million Canada-Métis Nation Métis Veterans Recognition Payment Agreement.

On June 6, 2019, Veterans Affairs Minister Chartrand led 40 delegates of the Métis Nation to the official commemoration at Juno Beach to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy, honouring our Metis Veterans of the Second World War.

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

Metis Veterans Story:

Clifford Swain - WWII Métis Veterans Story

Originally from a farm near Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Mr. Swain served in the Royal Canadian Corp of Signals 2nd Infantry Division that landed on Juno Beach in the second wave in 1944. His powerful recollection of events during the five week campaign to clear Normandy of German occupation forces is captured in the video.

Louis Roy - WWII Métis Veterans Story

Born in Ile-a-la-Crosse, Saskatchewan in 1920, Louis Roy joined the Canadian Army in 1942. He served in the Saskatoon Light Infantry in England, Africa, Sicily and Italy. He suffered hearing loss in one ear during the Italian campaign due to the close range gunfire and bombing. With the end of the war, he returned to Saskatchewan and took up trapping and fishing as his main way of life. He then worked for more than 20 years as a carpenter for Northern Housing and for the Northern Lights School Division until his retirement in 1985. Mr. Roy recollects his wartime experiences in the following interview with Métis Nation elder Jim Durocher.

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