By Brad Bellegarde · CBC News · Posted: Nov 11, 2017 7:00 AM

‘It’s a common story… It’s all for freedom that the people served willingly and voluntarily’

A new book put together by Ted Whitecalf documents the veterans of Kahkewistahaw First Nation and will be launched on Saturday to coincide with the community’s Remembrance Day service.

Indigenous people have been an important part of Canada’s Armed Forces since the time of the First World War and one Saskatchewan First Nation has now compiled its veterans’ stories in a book.

The Kahkewistahaw First Nation, located approximately 150 kilometres east of Regina, has nearly 30 members who have served with the Canadian Armed Forces.

“History needs to be written down, it needs to be told,” said Evan Taypotat, chief of the Kahkewistahaw First Nation, in an interview with CBC Saskatchewan’s Morning Edition.

“I believe right now there’s a lot of younger people in our reserve that have that warrior spirit in them and hopefully they can be a warrior down the road.”

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