PIKWAKANAGAN – The drums of Bear Nation echoed across the dusting of snow on the ceremonial grounds at Pikwakanagan on Sunday. Bear Nation performed in the Remembrance Day service held at the cenotaph overlooking Golden Lake. In attendance were members of CFB Petawawa 2 Service Battalion, Maintenance Company and members of the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation. Members of council formed part of the Colour Party, carrying the War of 1812 flag, the Canadian flag, the Pikwakanagan flag, the Veteran staff and the Eagle Staff. Master of Ceremonies was Jody Alexander. Councillor Wendy Jocko gave the opening prayer in Algonquin. Hats were removed for the singing of the National Anthem. Chief Kirby Whiteduck then gave some opening remarks. He welcomed the veterans, youth and children and the members of the military from Garrison Petawawa. “It’s the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, the end of World War I. Many Canadians, many First Nation people, many Algonquins gave their lives, their limbs and in many cases their mental health,” Whiteduck said. To read the full story, pick up a copy of the November 14, 2018 Valley Gazette.