The National Aboriginal Veterans Association (NAVA) was formed in 1986 to represent the interests of Aboriginal veterans, and heighten public awareness of the outstanding contributions that Aboriginal veterans made to preserve the freedom of all Canadians.
Canadian Native veterans have reason to be proud of their wartime contributions. More than 7,000 Indians served in the First and Second World Wars and the Korean War, and an unknown number of Inuit, Métis and other Natives also participated. One Native veterans group estimates that 12,000 Natives served in the three wars. On each occasion, Canada's Native soldiers overcame cultural challenges and made impressive sacrifices and contributions to help the nation in its efforts to restore world peace. It was an incredible response - consistent with a remarkable tradition.