Former Cumberland House resident George McKay was one of three Métis veterans honoured with the presentation of the Order of the Métis Nation this summer.
The Order of the Métis Nation, the highest award bestowed by the Métis National Council, is presented to those who have made a significant contribution to the Métis Nation. Ninety-five year old McKay, who is currently a resident of Newmarket Place in Tisdale, was acknowledged for his service during the Second World War.
McKay was just 16 when he became a private with the Stermont, Dundas and Glengarry (SD&G) Highlanders, the Primary Reserve infantry regiment of the Canadian Army, faking his age in order to enlist. McKay served with the SD&G Highlanders in Normandy and Italy until the end of the war.
It is estimated there are currently just 1,600 World War II veterans living in Saskatchewan. At an average age of 93 years, opportunities to acknowledge their sacrifices and service are becoming less every year. On November 11, attend a Remembrance Day service to extend the sincere gratitude of a nation.
Ninety-five year old George McKay, a former resident of Cumberland House, was presented with the Order of the Métis Nation in July in recognition of his service in the Second World War.
The Order of the Métis Nation is the highest award bestowed by the Métis National Council.
The plaque on the framed Métis sash presented to World War II veteran George McKay. The Métis sash, also known as l’Assomption sash, is an integral part of the Métis culture.