Monument honours Cree veterans

A new monument honouring Cree veterans will be built on the Samson Cree Nation reserve.

A new monument honouring Cree veterans will be built on the Samson Cree Nation reserve.

The Maskwacis Cree Veterans Monument will commemorate members of the Montana, Louis Bull, Ermineskin, Samson and Pigeon Lake reserves who have served in the military during times of war and peace.

The names of approximately 55 band members who have served will be featured on the monument.

Earlier this month, the federal government announced funding of up to $25,828 for the monument’s construction.

The money was administered through the federal Community War Memorial Program, which provides financial assistance to communities and non-profit organizations for the construction of new memorials.

There are approximately 6,700 military memorials in Canada. The Canadian Forces website lists 13 memorials specifically pertaining to aboriginals, including the National Aboriginal Veterans Monument unveiled in Ottawa in 2001.

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