Honour and Hope: A Native Veterans Project

Indigenous peoples have a long and honourable history as warriors and protectors of the land and natural environment, and have shown great courage by serving in both the Canadian and United States Armed Forces. The Honour and Hope team is currently in the process of gathering these stories through film and photography. Our goal is to create a short documentary film, a published book which will include a selection of photographs and accompanying text, as well as an interactive online video and image archive. This rich collection of film, photographs, and stories will serve to highlight indigenous warrior traditions and attempt to reveal the reasons veterans have chosen to serve and continue to serve. We hope to honour and preserve this important history before it is gone. 

The Honour and Hope Team

I was invited by community members to participate in this documentary project and the images were made using a co-creation approach. This gallery includes a selection of photographs documenting the work we have done for this project so far.  

                                           Project Gallery

Vern Harper, Cree Elder, Indigenous Rights Activist, and Korean War Veteran, Toronto, 2014

Joseph Paquette, President of the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNOVC), Fort York, 2015

Walpole Island, November 7th, 2013

Vietnam Veteran Cork Bomberry, U.S Air Force and member of the Six Nations Veterans Association

Six Nations Veterans Association

"The purpose of this project is to document, gather, honour and share the stories of those who served, the ones that have left us and those who are still here. This is the beginning of a journey for us, a journey into the past and a look at the present, so that our future may never forget. The project does not intend to honour the act of war. The project honours the warriors who have acted as protectors of their land and their people; warriors who in spite of their sacrifice, have been largely ignored and neglected by a government that has not recognized them with the respect they deserve and whose stories are vastly underrepresented." 

-Edward Harper

Grand Entry, Six Nations Pow Wow, Six Nations of the Grand River, July 2014

Remembrance Day Ceremony, Toronto City Hall, November 11th, 2014

Remembrance Ceremony, Walpole Island, November 7th, 2013

We are currently looking for funding opportunities to continue this project. If you would like to find out more, or would like to know how you can help, please visit the website and our facebook page. 


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