He spent 4 years as a WW II prisoner of war. Then, this Métis veteran enlisted again

He spent 4 years as a WW II prisoner of war. Then, this Métis veteran enlisted again Urban Vermette was honoured last week for serving in Korea despite ‘pain and suffering’ he endured as a POW The family of veteran Urban Vermette hopes a recent award will not only honour his life but also serve as a reminder of the sacrifices made by Métis who served in the Canadian military. Vermette, who was Métis from Prince Albert, Sask., served overseas twice. First, during the Second World War, where he spent nearly four years as a prisoner of war (POW) in Hong Kong and Japan. Five years … Read More

Statement by the Métis National Council’s Minister Responsible for Veterans on the anniversary of Victory over Japan (VJ) Day and the end of the Second World War.

Statement by the Métis National Council’s Minister Responsible for Veterans on the anniversary of Victory over Japan (VJ) Day and the end of the Second World War. “We pause today to honour the men and women who, 76 years ago, became the first Canadian Army unit to engage in combat in the Second World War. In October, 1941, Canada agreed to send almost 2,000 volunteers of the Royal Rifles of Canada and the Winnipeg Grenadiers to help protect the British Crown colony of Hong Kong. Expecting little more than garrison duty, Canadian soldiers fought bravely against the overwhelming power of … Read More

Commission of the Métis Veterans Legacy Program – Press Release

Commission of the Métis Veterans Legacy Program – Press Release For Immediate Release  July 8, 2021, Winnipeg, MB – Today, David Chartrand, President of the Manitoba Metis Federation, Minister of Veterans Affairs, and Spokesperson for the Métis National Council,  announced the appointees to the Commission of the Métis Veterans Legacy Program (MVLP):  Jim Durocher (Elder), Ile a la Crosse, SK  Jack Park, Chair, Winnipeg, MB   Alex Maurice, Beauval, SK  Ted Mitchell, Dryden, ON  Dave Armitt, Comox, BC   The Commission was chosen following an open, transparent, and merit-based selection  process. The Métis National Council ensured that the Commission included Métis Veterans … Read More

Statement by the Métis National Council’s Minister Responsible for Veterans on the 77th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy

Statement by the Métis National Council’s Minister Responsible for Veterans on the 77th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy The Métis National Council’s Minister Responsible for Veterans issued the following statement today on the 77th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy: “Today, on the 77th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy, we reflect and give our heartfelt appreciations to the brave military servicemen and women of the Métis Nation who alongside forces comprised of Allied soldiers from Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom fought bravely or gave their lives in a battle … Read More

The Métis Veterans Legacy Program launches the Commemoration Program in honour of Second World War Métis Veterans

The Métis Veterans Legacy Program launches the Commemoration Program in honour of Second World War Métis Veterans https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GL2zCGA5zWw David Chartrand, Minister of Veteran Affairs of the Métis National Council, issued the  following statement on the launch of the Métis Veterans Legacy Commemoration  Program:  With great pride and pleasure, today we launch the Commemoration Program, the final  element of a three-phase implementation strategy by the Métis Veterans Legacy  Program.   For over 20 years, I have been meeting with our Second World War Métis Veterans and  their families. I have listened to their stories – their message is consistent – all they  … Read More

30th WWII Métis hero found and thanked for his service through the Métis Veterans Legacy Program

30th WWII Métis hero found and thanked for his service through the Métis Veterans Legacy Program April 1, 2021, Winnipeg, MB – The Métis Nation proudly recognizes the service and sacrifices of Thomas Charles Johnston, a Métis Veteran of World War II. Born in 1925 in Teulon, Manitoba, Veteran Johnston followed his brothers into the Canadian Army in 1944, where he served two years before being discharged for medical reasons. Though he was disappointed by his inability to continue serving, he remained a lifelong advocate for military service with his friends and family. Today, he was presented with a cheque … Read More

Message from the Minister – Upcoming Year

Message from the Minister – Upcoming Year Métis Veterans Legacy Program Although the past year has been uniquely challenging and difficult for people everywhere, the Métis Veterans Legacy Program (MVLP) has been working hard to maintain its operations throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite not being able to honour our Second World War (WWII) Métis Veterans in person, we have done our best to show them our tremendous appreciation for their service. Looking back at the accomplishments of last year, the MVLP fulfilled reconciliation to the greatest number of Veterans and their families since the start of the program in 2019. … Read More

Métis Nation Second World War Hero Honoured in ON

Métis Nation Second World War Hero Honoured in ON December 11, 2020 – Fort Frances, ON On December 11, 2020, WWII Métis Veteran Jean Leander Camirand Sr. will receive thanks from the Métis Nation and a Recognition Payment of $20,000. The Recognition Payment is part of the Métis Veterans Legacy Program established in partnership with the Trudeau government to commemorate forgotten Métis soldiers. Veteran Camirand Sr. is the 29th WWII Veteran to receive a Recognition Payment as part of the Legacy Program. “As Minister responsible for Veterans for the Métis National Council, I have stood side by side with our WWII Métis Veterans for the … Read More

Message from the Minister

Message from the Minister The Métis Nation has always held our Veterans in the highest regard across the homeland. Through their courage and sacrifice, these men and women have helped to ensure that we live in freedom and peace while also fostering freedom and peace around the world. We reflect on a tremendous debt of gratitude we owe generations of brave Canadian soldiers who served our country in uniform. Remembrance Day this year holds added significance as it marks the 75th anniversary of the end of the second world war (WWII). Although this year has been uniquely challenging for many … Read More

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