While roaming around Ottawa in the cold taking pictures of Christmas lights the other night, I came across this monument which I hadn't noticed before — perhaps because I hadn't been in that spot before. Perhaps.
It's the National Aboriginal Veterans Monument although I'm almost sure that the wording on the monument said First Nations rather than Aboriginal. I snapped a picture and rather like the way that it turned out.
Here is a little more information from the Saskatchewan Sage News and Headlines for June, 1998 (scroll down the page if you go there).
The monument depicts four representative Aboriginal people - a woman, a First Nations person, a Métis person and an Inuit person.
As well, animals are incorporated into the design to show the traits valued in Aboriginal societies which may show up as spirit guides: a bear for strength, a wolf for family values, a cougar for stealth and an elk for sharp senses.
Above all else on the monument flies an eagle, known as the thunderbird, which is symbolic of the Creator.