Parks Canada will be hosting a commemorative ceremony to recognize Inuk Elder Qapik Attagutsiak, along with members of Inuit communities as Hometown Heroes, for their important contributions during the Second World War.
Indigenous people from every region of Canada served in the armed forces during the Second World War, fighting in every major battle and campaign of the conflict. To serve their country, Indigenous people had to overcome unique cultural challenges. Their courage, sacrifices, and accomplishments are a continuing source of pride to their families, communities, and all Canadians.
The event is expected to draw dignitaries from all over the country including the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and minister responsible for Parks Canada, the Honourable Nellie Kusugak, Commissioner of Nunavut, representatives of the Government of Nunavut, Inuit leaders, senior leadership of the Canadian Armed Forces and the Canadian Coast Guard, associates of the National Capital Region’s museum community, and members of Qapik Attagutsiak’s extended family.
The ceremony will feature the participation of more than 150 students from local schools, Inuit performers, video presentations, a special Inuit and “women and the war effort” display, period costumes, military musicians and the unveiling of a story panel in honour of Qapik Attagutsiak and her community.
Hometown Heroes is a community-based initiative that honours men and women, both military and civilian, who contributed to Canada’s war efforts during either or both of the World Wars.