BC Dragoons honour Westbank First Nations

Remembrance Day is November 11th, but the Westbank First Nation will be celebrating Aboriginal Veterans Day this Thursday, November 8th.

At the annual ceremony at 1900 Quail Lane, the BC Dragoons will be unveiling and naming one of their four Tactical Armored Patrol Vehicles - it will be named 'Dragoon,' and will also feature that name in the syilx language.

“We are very proud of our Armoured Vehicles and the naming process shows respect and dedication to our heritage," says Captain Joshua Trowsse-Freeman. "The BCD is committed to maintaining strong relationships with the Okanagan Nation Alliance and giving the TAPV a syilx name is our way of recognizing Okanagan People.”

Since they first started operating in the Okanagan 100 years ago, when soldiers would name their horses, the Dragoons have strived to have an ongoing positive relationship with First Nations Communities. 

“This is a wonderful way to pay respect and acknowledgement to all the aboriginal men and women who have served past and present in the Canadian Armed Forces," says Councilor Thomas Konek. "Having the TAPV given an nsyilxcən name is historic and symbolizes an understanding that their detachment operates on the traditional, unceded territory of the Okanagan/sylix people.”