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Post by Slider on Fri 01 Feb 2019, 5:52 pm

Statement - Ministers of Veterans Affairs and National Defence mark Black History Month

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Feb 01, 2019


OTTAWA, Feb. 1, 2019 /CNW/ - The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, and the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, issued the following statement today to mark Black History Month in Canada:

"Black History Month is a time to celebrate the significant contributions of Black Canadians to our country and learn about their heritage, as well as the hardship they have overcome. Black Canadians have a proud tradition of military service that dates back long before Confederation. Many Black Canadians can trace their family history to the late 1780s, when American slaves fought for the British cause during the American Revolutionary War, and in exchange were rewarded with land and their freedom. Many more Black immigrants arrived in Canada after the War of 1812, or via the Underground Railroad during its peak period between 1840 and 1860, while others arrived in the mid-20th century from Caribbean and African countries. Today, they form an important part of the fabric of our society that makes our country stronger and more vibrant.

"The theme this year is 'Black Canadian Youth: Boundless, Rooted, and Proud.' We are proud to honour those who served in uniform with bravery and dedication, young Black Canadians like Sergeant Seymour Tyler, who, at the age of 19, joined the No. 2 Construction Battalion during the First World War, and went on to serve in the Carleton and York Regiment in the Second World War. And we also remember Flight Lieutenant Gerald Carty, who enlisted at age 18, and as one of the youngest commissioned officers in the Royal Canadian Air Force, flew in more than 35 bomber missions over occupied Europe as a wireless air gunner. These determined men fought racism and discrimination at every turn, for the basic right to serve their country—and serve it with pride and honour, they did.

"We also pay tribute to the Black Canadian women who began to join our military during the Second World War. While many contributed to the Allied war effort by working in factories on the home front to produce vehicles, weapons, and other vital supplies, other Black Canadian women joined the armed forces. Their involvement in our military continued in times of peace: Corporal Marelene Clyke, for example, was just 17 years old when she enlisted as a reservist in the Canadian Women's Army Corps in 1951.

"We call on all Canadians to join us in commemorating Black History Month. The determination of Black veterans, and the past struggles they had to overcome to enlist in the military, continue to inspire us through the generations who serve in the present. We honour the sacrifice of those who served in uniform, and we thank them for their continued military service to help make our diverse country strong and free."

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Post by Masefield on Thu 07 Feb 2019, 6:12 pm

Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and MP Anita Vandenbeld announce funding for The Vanier Institute of the Family


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Feb 07, 2019, 14:55 ET


$58,525 from the Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund to go to The Vanier Institute of the Family

OTTAWA, Feb. 7, 2018 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, and Anita Vandenbeld, Member of Parliament for Ottawa West—Nepean, toured the Vanier Institute of the Family and announced $58,525 in funding from the Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund.

The Vanier Institute of the Family was selected as one of 21 organizations across the country to receive funding in 2018 from the Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund. The funding will help support the Institute's Early Childhood Educators program, which works to increase military literacy amongst Early Learning and Child Care professionals so they are able to better support Veterans and their families.

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"Our Government's top priority is the well-being of Canada's Veterans and their families. The important work being done by The Vanier Institute of the Family in their Early Childhood Educators program is exactly what the Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund is all about: fostering new and innovative ideas to better support Veterans and their families."

The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, P.C., Q.C., M.P., Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence

"I am pleased to see such great work coming from local organizations in helping to serve Veterans and their families. Veterans in Ottawa West—Nepean, and across the country, will be better served by our Government's support for initiatives like this, and we will continue to ensure Veterans get the care and support they deserve."

Anita Vandenbeld, Member of Parliament for Ottawa—West Nepean

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The Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund is part of the new supports and benefits in Budget 2017 that are focused on improving the well-being of Veterans and their families.
The Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund will distribute $3 million annually to organizations across Canada.
The Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund is a resource for organizations focusing or working on research, or initiatives and projects tailored to improve the well-being of Veterans and their families.





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