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Monday Monuments and Memorials – National Aboriginal Veterans Monument, Ottawa

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The National Aboriginal Veterans Monument is in Confederation Park on the east side of Elgin Street north of Laurier Avenue. It was unveiled by Governor General Adrienne Clarkson on June 21, 2001, National Aboriginal Day.

The bronze monument by artist Lloyd Pinay sits on a marble base. It reflects all Aboriginal Peoples in Canada – Indians, Métis and Inuit. The Canadian Heritage website describes the monument:

Four figures represent the various Aboriginal groups in Canada. Two of the figures hold weapons, and two hold spiritual objects. They convey a sense of balance, implying that often a desire for peace lies at the root of war. An eagle occupies the highest point of the sculpture. It symbolizes the Creator (known as the Thunderbird), and embodies the spirit of Canada’s Aboriginal peoples. The four animals — wolf, grizzly, buffalo and caribou — represent spiritual guides.

There are no accurate records on the total number of Aboriginal Canadians fought in WW1. Estimates are about 4000, a higher proportion of their population than any other group.

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