Remembrance Day Message from President Russell
“Remembrance Day is a solemn day of reflection. We remember and honour the courageous men and women in uniform who have served our country. And we pay tribute to those who still defend Canada today.
Generations of soldiers have boldly left their homes and families to fight during times of war or to peacefully protect and serve others. Far too many have made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve our values of freedom, peace and liberty while so many have been left with the lifelong scars of service. For those whom the burden of conflict and violence is a present reality, our thoughts and prayers go out to them and their loved ones and we pray for a safe return home.
We will never forget the valiant Indigenous veterans who also faced prejudice and discrimination just to wear the uniform and who have stood strong, both in wartime and peacetime. They deserve our gratitude for selflessly sacrificing their lives and wellbeing for our freedom. We acknowledge the many brave men and woman of NunatuKavut who have served, and continue to serve, in the Canadian Forces. And we are thankful for the many men, women and young people in our communities who are so proud to be part of the Canadian Ranger and Junior Canadian Rangers.
This Remembrance Day is particularly significant. The COVID-19 global pandemic is challenging us to find new ways to commemorate this important day. I trust that, wherever you are and whatever you are doing you can take time to observe a moment of silence. And 2020 marks 75 years since the end of the Second World War, one of the deadliest conflicts in human history.
Today, we are reminded of the freedom we have in celebrating our diversity. To stand proud and strong as an Indigenous people, as Inuit, in our own lands.
Canada’s strength lies in honouring its many ‘Nations’ and, when there is peace, harmony and respect among the many Nations here at home and abroad, we all are stronger.
Lest we forget.”
President Todd Russell
NunatuKavut Community Council