Dec 2, 2020
This year, gathering to honour all of the Métis, First Nations, and Inuit veterans was not possible due to the COVID-19 restrictions. Fortunately, the Gabriel Dumont Institute (GDI) Métis Culture and Heritage department developed a virtual commemoration video to celebrate both National Aboriginal Veterans Day and Louis Riel Day.
The virtual commemoration pays tribute to the men and women who have served to protect our rights and freedoms. The tribute began with opening prayers by Métis elders, and featured musical guests including Donny Parenteau, Andrea Menard, Jess Lee, Ray St. Germain, Krystle Pederson, and Mike Gouchie as they revisit their collaboration on “Honouring Our Heroes: A Tribute to Métis Veterans.”
Currently, the virtual commemoration video has over 100 views and is still viewable on Youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbiTGR6gDLo or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/gabrieldumontinstitute/videos/813068246123491. We are grateful and proud of the service and sacrifice of all veterans, and especially of the Métis veterans including those from 1885 to the present. They shall all be remembered.