Special Dates

  • Remembrance Week (Ontario): November 5 to 11
  • Indigenous Veterans Day: November 8
  • Remembrance Day: November 11

Ways to Remember

From November 5 to 11, I encourage you to commemorate Remembrance Week in a way that is meaningful to you.

This might include:

Two-minute silence

At 11 a.m. on November 11, pause and observe two minutes of silence in honour of those who died serving their country in wars and in peacekeeping efforts.

Ways to observe:

  • Sit or stand still
  • If driving, pull over and sit quietly, if it is safe to do so
  • Announce the silence over the PA system in a business or school
  • Gather in common areas of an establishment
  • Briefly shut down assembly lines

Indigenous veterans

Indigenous Veterans Day is observed on November 8, to recognize the courage and sacrifice of First Nation, Inuit and Métis people in military service.

It is estimated that, in total, over 12,000 Indigenous people have volunteered their services on the front lines, serving in all conflicts that Canada has been involved in.

The First Nations, Inuit and Métis have a long and proud tradition of military service to Canada, which continues today with Indigenous people serving in Canadian Armed Forces around the world — from NATO duties in Europe to United Nations peace operations.

On the home front, Indigenous people donated large amounts of money, clothing and food to worthy causes. Indigenous women had important roles during conflicts — serving as nurses, air traffic controllers and radio operators.

On Indigenous Veterans Day, we honour the important contributions of Indigenous peoples to protect rights and freedom in Canada, and we remember those who lost their lives for our country and those whose lives were forever changed.

Learn more about Indigenous veterans here.

Ceremonies

Attend a ceremony in-person or watch remotely to honour veterans and active service members.

Stoney Creek

Date: November 11, 2023
Time: 10:30 – 11:10 a.m.
Location: Cenotaph Park, 324 Highway 8 (at the intersection of Queenston and King St E)

 

 

Hamilton

Date: November 11, 2023
Time: 10:15 – 11:45 a.m.
Location: Veteran’s Place at Gore Park (at the intersection of King Street East and Hughson Street)
Note: King St. will be closed from Catharine Street to James Street from 10 to 11:45 am to accommodate the service.

This service will be broadcast live on Cable 14 and YouTube.

 

 

Queen’s Park

Date: November 11, 2023
Time: 10:45 a.m.
Location: In front of the Ontario Legislative Building
111 Wellesley Street West, Toronto, Ontario

You may also watch the ceremony live on YouTube.

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