Honoring Indigenous Veterans: Remembrance Day at KFN School

November 13, 2023

Kapawe’no First Nation – On Thursday, we held our Remembrance Day Ceremony at KFN School. The ceremony commenced with a march-in parade featuring serving members and guests. Opened with a Nehiyawak prayer by Pricilla Sutherland, member of Kapawe’no Nehiyawak. It included a performance on the grandfather drum, a rendition of ‘O Canada’ in Cree, and ‘Flanders Fields’ also in Nêhiyawak. The Grade 8/9 class presented an acrostic poem they had created.

A key focus of the event was honoring Indigenous veterans, particularly those from the Grouard area. The students viewed a video about Charles Tomkins, a late local resident. Attendees included representatives from Lakeshore Police, RCMP, Fish and Wildlife, Grouard and Big Lakes Fire Departments, a Canadian Ranger and Afghanistan Veteran, two Regular Force veterans, and our teacher Mr. Mack from the Loyal Edmonton Regiment.

The students demonstrated remarkable respect and behavior, contributing to the ceremony’s success. In the afternoon, the guests held career-day sessions, sparking the students’ interest and motivation for their futures.

“Today, we not only remember the sacrifices of our veterans, but we also embrace the rich heritage and resilient spirit of our Nêhiyawak and Indigenous soldiers. Their contributions and stories are an integral part of our Nation’s history, and it’s essential for our students to understand and honor this legacy.” – Mr. Mack, LAWF / Music Teacher and Loyal Edmonton Regiment

Last modified: November 15, 2023

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