Over 300 people came out to Vancouver Island University to pay honour the sacrifices of First Nations Veterans.
Dancers and singers paid tribute in traditional form.
A totem pole was raised carved in the image of a raven, symbolic of a messenger carrying lightness into the dark.
And a warrior canoe, also carved under the guidance of master carver Harold Joe and carver George Rice, was unveiled.
The historic blessing ceremony, including Coast Salish from BC and the U.S., was held on the Cowichan campus of Vancouver Island University today to honour the contribution of First Nations veterans.
Joe Grey-Thorne is a US Marine veteran.
“It means I can come and look at something and it’s going to have special meaning because I know a lot of guys who didn’t come home.
“You go to towns and they have cenotaphs that recognize veterans but you don’t see any for the First Nations people.
And that’s a sad thing.
In this village we’ve had people who have had the Congressional Medal of Honor yet no one knows.