Honouring WWII Métis Veteran

Métis Nation BC President Presented Recognition to WWII Métis Veteran

VICTORIA –On behalf of Métis Nation Veterans Minister David Chartrand, President Clara Morin Dal Col presented WWII Metis Veterans George Henry Young a $20,000 Recognition Repayment and apology from Canada yesterday afternoon in Victoria.

As part of the Métis Nation Veterans Legacy to commemorate the forgotten Métis Veterans established in partnership with the federal government, Métis Veteran Henry Young was by presented by President Dal Col, with the recognition payment and a hand crafted traditional Métis beaded broach, and special Sash. 

“It was an honour to present this recognition, and acknowledge our Métis Veteran for his service and sacrifice to our country. Our work will never be done until every WWII Metis Veterans receives recognition for the personal sacrifices made to provide all Canadians their freedom and liberties.” stated President Clara Morin Dal Col. 

Veteran Young was born in a small Metis community, from St. Marks, near Portage La Prairie, Manitoba.  His grandfather, George Henry Young, served in the Boer War.  Young’s father W. Ross Young served in WWI.  Young enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force in WWII.  He was awarded the France-Germany Star and the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal, and Clasp, and worked for the Canadian Wheat Board before retiring to Victoria, B.C. with his wife Gladys who died in 2005.

Backgrounder

Minister of Veteran Affairs Canada, the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay issued an apology on September 10, 2019 to all Metis Veterans for the injustices they faced upon their return to home after WWII. 

Related:


Métis National Council –Métis Nation Second World War Hero Honoured in Victoria