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The Métis Sash A Very Special Story
An interesting and very special story had unfolded over a bit of time which we are very honoured to share
with all readers, which started with an email to the Museum Staff from Jason who wished to purchase a
Métis Sash. During the ensuing correspondence, some of which we are publishing here, we informed
Jason that we would have to obtain one for him as the Museum didn't have any in the Gift Shoppe. On one
of our trips to Delia, Alberta, we stopped in for a visit at the Michif Museum in St. Albert's where we were
able to get a sash for Jason. When we returned home, we informed him that we had the sash and that we
would mail it to him, which we did. It was then we learned that Jason was purchasing the sash for his
brother Jim, who is a Métis Veteran deployed to Afghanistan....
The following are some of the corresponding emails that we sent and received from both Jason and Jim
that we are permitted to share on this website....
My Ontario address is fine. Ultimately, the sash will be in Afghanistan with my older brother. He deploys for
the second time to that war torn country just after the new year. My intention is to give him the Sash as a
Christmas present and it will be part of his formal uniform for the inevitable ramp ceremonies that our
forces conduct over there.
Thanks very much for tracking the sash down for me, it means more than you can imagine.
Cheers - Jason"
We are honoured to be a part of this gift of a Métis Sash to your brother - would you mind if we post this
email message on our Michif Métis Museum website in honour of your brother and his part in the
Canadian effort to help bring peace to that country. I would like our Métis people to know about him and
others who also volunteer to join our military forces to try and help keep everyone safe.
Could you please, if possible, email me a picture of your brother in uniform, if it's ok with him, so we can put
it on our Veteran's page.
"Good Morning Dale; (Copied to my brother Jim Quinn as part of the request.)
Some background information for you...
I am currently awaiting an answer to my brothers request, to his superiors, for a copy of a picture of him in
Initially, this request was for the picture to be released to family members, but I am sure the request can be
modified. In the picture my brother is helping to unload a wounded soldier and move him to
treatment and surgery. As you know, the Canadian Military has strict controls on the distribution of this sort
of information. That being said, I will forward this email to my brother and it is my hope that he will be
allowed to release this picture to you and the Michif Métis Museum for display on your Veteran's page.
As you and all Canadians are, I am immensely proud of my brothers service to our country!!! I will keep you
informed as to what the answer is from my brother and the Canadian Military.
Cheers & Thanks
"P.S. I guess the "cat is out of the bag", Jim's Métis Sash was to be
surprise Christmas present from me and my wife, ha ha. No worries
though, I am sure Jim will be honored to know his service is greatly
The following email is from Captain Jim with a special request....
"Jay and Dale,
Thank you for your email and especially for your kind notes on my behalf.
I must insist however that it not be my picture that adorn any Veterans page, but hopefully pictures and
links of the guys who did not make it home.
Veterans Affairs has a very good site called the Canadian Virtual War Memorial located on-line
http://www.virtualmemorial.gc.ca/ which contains the names of all known Canadians up to today who died in
the service of their country. As an example, if you type in our surname Quinn you will see the names of 56
Canadians who made the ultimate sacrifice in service of their country and if type in Haggerty you will see
links to the names of 8 Canadians who made that ultimate sacrifice as well.
I am making this suggestion since I know now since returning from serving overseas that when I think of my
time there I remember those service persons who did not make it home alive. With the link to the Canadian
Virtual War Memorial, you will thus be putting a link containing all the names of known Canadians who died
in the service of their country, thus including all for this honour. I can not help but think in sorrow of their
families back home and of their deaths so far from home and family. It is for soldiers such as this and their
families that we need to honour their sacrifice whenever we can. I myself had the privilege of returning
home and thus now bear the responsibility to ensure that those who did not come home are not forgotten.
Yours with much thanks,
Capt Jim Quinn"
With Honour towards our fallen Veterans (All Veterans from everywhere), we have provided the link to the
Canadian Virtual War Memorial for those who wish to go to that site to view the names of those Canadians
who died in the service of their country, that is recommended by Captain Jim....We are sure that this story
will touch your hearts as it did ours....
It is the VETERAN , not the preacher,
Who has given us freedom of religion.
It is the VETERAN , not the reporter,
Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the VETERAN , not the poet,
Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the VETERAN , not the campus organizer,
Who has given us freedom to assemble.
It is the VETERAN , not the lawyer,
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the VETERAN , not the politician,
Who has given us the right to vote.
It is the VETERAN ,
Who salutes the Flag,
It is the VETERAN,
Who serves under the Flag,
ETERNAL REST GRANT THEM O CREATOR, AND LET PERPETUAL LIGHT SHINE
We can be very proud of our young men and women in the service no matter where they
CREATOR Bless them all!!!
This page is also dedicated to our Métis Veterans who have gone before us to meet with our
creator! The purpose of this page is to honour and remember our Métis soldiers who have
passed on and share with others the achievements and unique stories of our loved ones. For
those of you folks who has lost a warrior in your family please contact us and we will help place
'click' into the following link www.virtualmemorial.gc.ca which contains the names of all known
Canadians up to today who died in the service of their country. Please go to our 'Veteran's Page'
Métis Veterans Affairs has a very good site called the Canadian Virtual War Memorial located
on-line - just Sash that he was trying to locate for a very special reason....