National Indigenous Peoples Day

 

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DVA Clinic was honoured to lay a wreath of remembrance alongside the Minister of Veterans Affairs, the Canadian Armed Forces an numerous other Veterans groups at the Aboriginal Veterans remembrance  ceremony today.

 

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June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day. This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures, and outstanding contributions of First NationsInuit, and Métis peoples. The Canadian Constitution recognizes these three groups as Aboriginal peoples, also known as Indigenous peoples.

Although these groups share many similarities, they each have their own distinct heritage, language, cultural practices and spiritual beliefs.

In cooperation with Indigenous organizations, the Government of Canada chose June 21, the summer solstice, for National Aboriginal Day, now known as National Indigenous Peoples Day. For generations, many Indigenous peoples and communities have celebrated their culture and heritage on or near this day due to the significance of the summer solstice as the longest day of the year.

HOH- June 12, 1941 RCAF 405 Squadron

On this day in 1941, the Railyards at Schwerte, Germany are targeted in the RCAF’s first bomber attack of the war.

 

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The aircrew of No. 405 (Vancouver) Squadron RCAF board their Wellington Mk II at Pocklington.

 

No. 405 Squadron RCAF was formed at Driffield, Yorkshire, on 23 April 1941 as an Article XV squadron and equipped with the Vickers Wellington bomber. It flew the RCAF’s first bombing operation ten weeks later on 12/13 June, attacking the railway marshalling yards at Schwerte. It converted to the Handley Page Halifax in April 1942, taking part in the historic 1,000-bomber raid on Cologne on the night of 30/31 May 1942

 

Source- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/405_Maritime_Patrol_Squadron

In Honour of D-Day, a Story of Courage, Dedication and Family.

Heather MacMaster is the nurse at DVA Clinic, her family wanted to share their family’s personal connection to D-Day with this article written about her Grandfather and his cousin, “The MacMaster Twins”.

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Thank you MacMaster family for sharing a piece of your family’s incredible history.

HOH- June 5, 1813- Battle of Stoney Creek

On this day in 1813,  during the War of 1812,  Lt Col John Harvey starts his surprise attack with 700 British regulars of the 8th Regiment and 49th Regiment and some Canadian militia against 2,000 strong American vanguards under Brigadiers William Winder and John Chandler at Stoney Creek; his men bayonet the enemy pickets before they can raise the alarm; the two armies will fully engage after 2:00 am on June 6. Stoney Creek, Ontario

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