What was it like to be an Indigenous person in the Canadian Armed Forces two, three, even four decades ago? Here’s your chance to ask someone who knows.
Devin Beaudry, an Indigenous Veteran, joined up in 1978 and spent 35 years in the Royal Canadian Air Force. Over those years he saw a lot of change – and sometimes he instigated the change, like when he brought a sweat lodge onto the base in Winnipeg.
Devin will share his experiences during informal conversations in the Canadian Journeys gallery on Level 2. During approximately 40‐minute sessions beginning at 7:00 p.m. and at 8:00 p.m., you will have the opportunity to ask questions and talk engage in conversation with Devin.
Indigenous people have served in Canada’s armed forces during times of war, conflict and peace for over two centuries, yet their contributions have often been overlooked. National Indigenous Veterans Day, commemorated on November 8 across the country, offers a chance to recognize the service and sacrifices made by the thousands of Indigenous military volunteers who have given so much – and sometimes their lives – in service to Canada.
Veterans and military personnel enjoy free admission from November 7–12