Francis Pegahmagabow has been honoured on National Aboriginal Day. A bronze statue of the most decorated First Nation soldier in Canadian history was unveiled this morning beside the Stockey Centre in front of hundreds of people who came out to be a part of the ceremony. Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde says of all the National Aboriginal Day celebrations taking place today, he chose Parry Sound to see people from all backgrounds come together to celebrate a national hero.
Commander of the Canadian Army Lieutenant-General J.M.M. Hainse says there was no place else he would rather be on National Aboriginal Day.
The ceremony included Parry Sound-Muskoka MP Tony Clement and MPP Norm Miller, Wasauksing Chief Wally Tabobondung, Shawanaga Chief Wayne Pamajewon, Town of Parry Sound Mayor Jamie McGarvey, members of the Pegahmagabow family, and other dignitaries.