NAN TO UNVEIL VETERANS EAGLE STAFF
ON REMEMBRANCE DAY
#LSN_News newly-constructed Veterans Eagle Staff
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO November 11, 2017 (LSN) Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy Grand Chief Anna Betty Achneepineskum will join with First Nation Elders, leaders and families to unveil the newly-constructed Veterans Eagle Staff at a ceremony Saturday prior to Remembrance Day on Mount Mckay,.
“We will be honoured to witness the blessing of the Veterans Eagle Staff this weekend before it is shared with the community on Remembrance Day. This has required a great deal of time, love and patience, and we thank all of the families and communities from across NAN territory who contributed to its construction,” said Deputy Grand Chief Anna Betty Achneepineskum. “This Eagle Staff honours our brave warriors who have come to the defence of Canada in World Wars and conflicts around the globe, and those who continue this proud tradition of defending Canada’s interests.”
The Veterans Eagle Staff includes seven eagle feathers, each representing the one of the Seven Grandfather Teachings. The Staff will be unveiled during a sacred ceremony known as feasting.
The NAN Veterans Flag was adopted in 2009. The flag honours the service and sacrifice of NAN veterans in the defence of Canada’s freedom and democracy. It is flown in all 49 NAN First Nation communities in honour of the significant wartime contributions of our veterans.
The Executive Council also recognizes the dedication and service of the Canadian Rangers and the Junior Canadian Rangers, who provide vital lifesaving and security services across NAN territory.
Don Smith, left said "Once again I had the honour and privilege of laying the wreath on behalf of The Thunder Bay Police Services Board at the Fort William First Nation Remembrance Day Ceremony on Mount McKay .
Proud to be joined by Staff Sgt. Derek West of Thunder Bay Police Service as well as representatives from APS and NAPS police services.
Truly an inspiring tribute of Remembrance