"Monument to Aboriginal Veterans" Ottawa Things to Do Tip by mikey_e

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  Monument to Aboriginal soldiers
by mikey_e

Canada's aboriginal peoples are often presented to tourists and visitors in their traditional attire. Every attempt is made to highlight the ancient traditions and customs of the First Nations, but in the process the role they have played in modern Canadian history is often glossed over. During the First and Second World Wars and the Korean War, many Aboriginal men enlisted in the Canadian Army and fought, ostensibly to protect the Crown that had colonized their lands. To honour their bravery and sacrifices, a separate war memorial has been erected on Elgin Street, not far from the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. It is not as large as the Tomb, but it is nevertheless quite impressive. It is a collection of various First Nations symbols of bravery, the most prominent of which is the eagle.

Address: Elgin Street
Directions: Just south of the NAC, north of the O'Connor Street bridge

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  • Written Feb 4, 2008
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