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Remembrance Week is a time to thank Canadian Armed Forces veterans and soldiers who have served or are currently serving, for their honour, courage, valour and sacrifice. This is the opportunity to show them our gratitude. As we remember those who have fallen, reflect on the impact of armed conflict and pay respect to veterans and soldiers for their contributions to protecting peace, let’s remember to say thank you.
On November 11, let’s thank our soldiers and veterans, wear a Poppy and observe a moment of silence or attend a ceremony.
- Remembrance Week (Ontario): November 5 to 11
- Indigenous Veterans Day: November 8
- Remembrance Day: November 11
Ways to remember
From November 5 to 11, we encourage you to commemorate Remembrance Week in a way that is meaningful to you.
This might include:
At 11 a.m. on November 11, pause and observe two minutes of silence in honour of those who died serving their country in wars and in peacekeeping efforts.
Ways to observe:
- sit or stand still
- if driving, pull over and sit quietly, if it is safe to do so
- announce the silence over the PA system in a business or school
- gather in common areas of an establishment
- briefly shut down assembly lines
Indigenous Veterans Day is observed on November 8, to recognize the courage and sacrifice of First Nation, Inuit and Métis people in military service.
It is estimated that, in total, over 12,000 Indigenous people have volunteered their services on the front lines, serving in all conflicts that Canada has been involved in.
The First Nations, Inuit and Métis have a long and proud tradition of military service to Canada, which continues today with Indigenous people serving in Canadian Armed Forces around the world — from NATO duties in Europe to United Nations peace operations.
On the home front, Indigenous people donated large amounts of money, clothing and food to worthy causes. Indigenous women had important roles during conflicts — serving as nurses, air traffic controllers and radio operators.
On Indigenous Veterans Day, we honour the important contributions of Indigenous peoples to protect rights and freedom in Canada, and we remember those who lost their lives for our country and those whose lives were forever changed.
Learn more about Indigenous veterans.