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

Remembrance Day Etiquette

Remembrance Day Etiquette History of the Poppy Each November, poppies are worn by millions of Canadians to pay respect to fallen  soldiers. Poppies grew over the graves of soldiers in Flanders, France. Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae first introduced the Poppy to Canada. After serving in the war as a  doctor, he wrote In Flanders Field. The poem soon was published and read at memorial  services in efforts to recruit soldiers. Moina Michael, a professor at the University of  Georgia, heard the poem and it resonated with her. She began making poppies and  selling them to raised money for returning veterans. The poppy was … Read More

Métis Nation Second World War Hero’s spouse to receive Recognition Payment in Edmonton, Alberta

Métis Nation Second World War Hero’s spouse to receive Recognition Payment in Edmonton, Alberta October 7, 2020 – Edmonton, AB  On October 7, 2020, WWII, Métis Veteran Walter Calahaisn’s spouse Myrtle Calahaisn received  thanks from the Métis Nation and inheritance of $20,000. President Audrey Poitras of the Métis  Nation of Alberta personally presented the recognition payment to Myrtle Calahaisn on behalf of  Métis Nation Veterans Minister David Chartrand.   “75 years ago, the young sons and daughters of our Nation answered the call to defend a country  they did not know, in the name of a country that did not respect … Read More

Métis Nation Second World War Hero to receive Recognition Payment in Calgary, Alberta

Métis Nation Second World War Hero to receive Recognition Payment in Calgary, Alberta August 27, 2020 – Calgary, Alberta On August 27, 2020, WWII Métis Veteran Alyce Marie Bradshaw will receive thanks from the Métis Nation and inheritance of $20,000. Veteran Bradshaw is the 28th Métis Veteran to receive the Recognition Payment, which is part of the Métis Veterans Legacy Program established in partnership with the Trudeau government to commemorate forgotten Métis soldiers. Métis Nation Minister responsible for Veterans David Chartrand was prevented from presenting the Recognition Payment in person due to the global wide practice of COVID-19 social distancing. … Read More

Métis Nation Second World War Hero Honoured in BC

Métis Nation Second World War Hero Honoured in BC August 20, 2020 – White Rock, BC On August 20, 2020, WWII Métis Veteran Aileen Florence Tate will receive thanks from the Métis Nation and inheritance of $20,000. The Recognition Payment is part of the Métis Veterans Legacy Program that was established in partnership with the Trudeau government to commemorate forgotten Métis soldiers. Veteran Tate is the 27th WWII Veteran to receive a Recognition Payment as part of the Legacy Program. Veteran Aileen Florence Tate was born on December 8, 1925 in Villeneuve, AB. Her family had a farm at Alberta … Read More

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