Canada allows Native American characters to be placed on military headstones

Canada allows Native American characters to be placed on military headstones

Canada allows Indian symbols to be applied to military tombstones


Spiritual symbols of the indigenous ideological tribes of Canada were allowed to be applied to tombstones of the Canadian military. It is reported by Ottawa Sun.

According to the publication, the 10th and 11th sign included in the official list of the armed forces of Canada, became "healing wheel" and the “infinity symbol”.

Indigenous adviser Patrick Stevens said that the healing wheel — a circle divided into four parts, with four feathers hanging from  — was chosen because it is a common symbol in many indigenous communities.

"He has many interpretations, but I was taught that these are the four cardinal directions — four directions — and the path we take in our life, from birth to youth, to maturity, and then to old age",— Stevens explained.

He also added that the circle can be thought of as four sacred Indian medicines: sage, tobacco, fragrant grass, and cedar.

The infinity symbol represents the "bond between  indigenous peoples and European settlers" and occupies a central place on the M├ętis flag.

In addition, the inclusion of a third indigenous sign in the military list, which could be the symbol of the Inuit community.

This list includes such symbols , like a Christian cross, a Jewish star of David, a Muslim crescent and a star, a Buddhist wheel of righteousness.

Due to the lack of Indian symbols, on tombstones of indigenous soldiers there was only the inscription "Huron soldier", note representatives of the Idean tribes.

Elder Alma Mann Scott blessed the new symbols with a song and a drum. A fumigation ceremony was held at the ceremony for the inscription of the symbols on the official military list, conducted by Algonquian elder and firekeeper Peter DeConti. – Lieutenant Jocelyn (Joe) Paul, who previously commanded the Land Forces of the country.

Prepared by: Sergey Daga