Day: September 29, 2021

Commemorating Indigenous veterans
Military History, Military Milestones

Commemorating Indigenous veterans

The National Aboriginal Veterans Monument in Ottawa’s Confederation Park celebrated its 20th anniversary this year. It was unveiled on June 21, 2001, on National Indigenous Peoples Day, but the pandemic pushed the 20th anniversary ceremony to Sept. 21. The event was hosted by Aboriginal Veterans Autochtones and featured a speech by Governor General Mary May Simon, the first Indigenous person to hold the position. After the world wars, the role played by Indigenous soldiers went largely overlooked. “As governor general and commander-in-chief, I thank Indigenous veterans—all veterans—as well as active military members and everyone who has sacrificed for our country. As an Indigenous person, I’m proud of all we have accomplished, and I look to the future with great hope,” said Simon. ...
Pick up the pace
Editorial, Our Veterans

Pick up the pace

The backlog of benefit applications at Veterans Affairs Canada is beyond exasperating. Despite good intentions, despite throwing more money and additional people at the problem, the backlog persists, and is even poised to grow as the pandemic winds down, if predictions of veterans’ advocates prove correct.   Veterans Affairs Canada set its service standard at providing decisions on 80 per cent of applications within 16 weeks of accepting them, a target it met for fewer than one in four applications in 2019-2020. This was down from 37 per cent the year before.  The reason for the backlog is simple. The department is flooded with applications. New benefits have come on stream, eligibility for other benefits has been widened, and veterans and serving members of the Canadian Armed For...
‘Artist-diarist’ tells veterans’ stories in paint and pencil
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‘Artist-diarist’ tells veterans’ stories in paint and pencil

Elaine Goble doesn’t consider herself an artist so much as a diarist, telling the stories of the people she depicts in hyper-realistic renderings in egg tempera and graphite pencil. Veterans are the focus of her life's work. “Everybody has a story to tell,” said Goble, whose paintings and drawings are currently on exhibition at the Canadian War Museum. “What story is more compelling than one that is looking at a person alive in my own community who has been informed by a legacy of conflict?” Working from interviews—usually several per subject—and her own photographs (she was once an assistant to well-known Canadian photographer Malak Karsh), Goble delves into the experiences of her veteran muses, infusing each laborious work with detail and symbolism. The lines on Favel’s face ar...

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