Nishnawbe Aski Nation

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November 10, 2017


 THUNDER BAY, ON (November 10, 2017): Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy Grand Chief Anna Betty Achneepineskum will join with First Nation Elders, leaders and families to unveil the newly-constructed Veterans Eagle Staff at a ceremony Saturday prior to Remembrance Day.

 “We will be honoured to witness the blessing of the Veterans Eagle Staff this weekend before it is shared with the community on Remembrance Day. This has required a great deal of time, love and patience, and we thank all of the families and communities from across NAN territory who contributed to its construction,” said Deputy Grand Chief Anna Betty Achneepineskum. “This Eagle Staff honours our brave warriors who have come to the defence of Canada in World Wars and conflicts around the globe, and those who continue this proud tradition of defending Canada’s interests.”

The Veterans Eagle Staff includes seven eagle feathers, each representing the one of the Seven Grandfather Teachings. The Staff will be unveiled during a sacred ceremony known as feasting.

The NAN Veterans Flag was adopted in 2009. The flag honours the service and sacrifice of NAN veterans in the defence of Canada’s freedom and democracy. It is flown in all 49 NAN First Nation communities in honour of the significant wartime contributions of our veterans.

The Executive Council also recognizes the dedication and service of the Canadian Rangers and the Junior Canadian Rangers, who provide vital lifesaving and security services across NAN territory.

For more information please contact: Michael Heintzman, Director of Communications – Nishnawbe Aski Nation (807) 625-4965 or cell (807) 621-2790 or by email 

NAN Veterans Flag

The NAN Veterans Flag was designed by artist Patrick Cheechoo from Constance Lake First Nation, a tribute to our Cree, Ojibway, Oji-Cree and Algonquin veterans. The Goose and the Bear, along with the Eagle Staff, signify the connection that First Nations people have with Mother Nature, all living things, our culture and our traditions. The Eagle Staff is a symbol of unity – there is unity within our people and our Veterans have demonstrated that there can be unity with Canada, North America and the World.  The Elder veteran carrying the staff signifies a place of honour for all veterans in our hearts and in our prayers. The rising sun depicts the daily sunrises permitted to us by the veterans to enjoy sovereignty, to protect that which was given to us by the Creator. The Seven Eagle Feathers acknowledge the Seven Sacred Teachings; teachings that guided each veteran to fight – to protect.

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