OHSWEKEN — Lawrence MacAulay, the Minister of Veterans Affairs, met with Six Nations Veterans Association this week and Six Nations Elected Council, to discuss ways the federal government and Veterans Affairs can continue to support Six Nations Veterans — along with the Six Nations receiving support from the Vets Emergency Support Fund. The Six Nations Veterans Association was formed in 1949. Its mandate is to promote the general welfare and interests of Six Nations Veterans and their families. The SNVA also helps support activities and positive interaction with the surrounding community Legions. The community hall is the primary location for training sessions, social gatherings, and mourning those who have been lost.
In 2020, the federal government announced $20 million in emergency support funding for 38 recipient organizations. Six Nations was one of those funding recipients. The funding was put in place to help veterans associations make it through the COVID-19 pandemic by helping to pay for mortgage payments, administrative costs, utilities, and other expenses the organizations may have struggled to cover while pandemic lockdown restrictions hindered them from generating funds.