A Soldier’s Story

In recognition of Indigenous Veterans' contributions to military service, Canada observes National Indigenous Veterans Day annually on November 8. Official recognition of this day started in Winnipeg in 1994.

First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples have a long history of military service in Canada. We honor the many sacrifices made and recognize the multitude of challenges faced by Indigenous Peoples participation in Canada’s military. On November 11, Remembrance Day, we recognize the military service of all Canadians who have contributed to ensuring peace and freedom nationally and internationally. 

This video captures some of the main aspects of JIBC Resident Elder Ken Pruden’s Canadian military service. Elder Ken Pruden, Métis Nation, served in the Royal Canadian Airforce from 1955 to 1981. We thank Elder Ken Pruden for his many years of service and for sharing his experiences with us. This video is meant to honour the service of Elder Ken Pruden, Indigenous veterans, and veterans from all backgrounds.