It is one of the most stunning pieces of architecture in Regina, Saskatchewan. However, not everyone knows what the glass tipi commemorates.
In 2008, the First Nations University of Canada unveiled the Veterans Memorial Tipi in honour of the Indigenous men and women who served in the Canadian Armed Forces, Indigenous veterans who served in World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam and peace keeping missions throughout the world.
Below is a series of interviews conducted by Shannon Avison to document the efforts of some of these veterans.
Like a time capsule, these powerful stories are encapsulated in the tipi and illustrate all that has been overcome with strength, honour, and determination by our men and women in uniform. As well as a glimpse into prosperous future that can be provided at the First Nations University of Canada.
Even though there is risk, veterans still encourage Indigenous youth to consider a career in the Armed Forces as it teaches, discipline, leadership, teamwork, allows one to travel, and learn practical skills.