I'd just like to mention that we returned from a successful trip across Canada. We started in Millbrook First Nation, Halifax, then the Six Nations reserve, and then Beauval and Victoria. We met over 60 veterans and their families. The weather was cold, but the trip was successful.
Today, we continue the study of the needs and issues specific to indigenous veterans.
We have two panels today. First, we have witnesses from Alberta and Saskatchewan in the first panel. We'd like to welcome Wallace J. Bona. He is president of the Aboriginal Veterans Society of Alberta. He is also the Alberta director for Aboriginal Veterans Autochtones. The Aboriginal Veterans Society of Alberta was founded by first nations, Métis, and non-status veterans in 1983. The society's mandate is to organize and unite all aboriginal veterans for advocacy and support for each other, and to facilitate activities such as the duties it undertakes for other organizations that call upon them for parade and honouring assistance.
Mr. Bona, we'll turn the floor over to you for 10 minutes, and then we'll go to questions. Thank you for coming here today to meet us.