"National Aboriginal Day is celebrated each year on June 21, while Aboriginal Veterans Day is commemorated on November 8. Indigenous people in Canada have reason to be proud of their wartime contributions. More than 7,000 First Nations members served in the First and Second World Wars and the Korean War, and an unknown number of Inuit, Métis and other Indigenous people also participated. One Veterans group estimates that 12,000 Indigenous men and women served in the three wars."
On CBC Unreserved...
"This week we're looking at the ways Indigenous soldiers contributed to war efforts across the globe. With stories of those who fought, the secrets they kept and what happened after they came home."
National Aboriginal Veterans Day Continues to Grow in Size and Scope
click here to read article and find out why Aboriginal Veterans commemmorating on a different day than November 11.
"National Aboriginal Veterans Day has been growing in size and scope since it was inaugurated by Winnipeg’s city council in 1994, with commemorations popping up in different parts of the country."
'The first time I had freedom': Spotlighting Sask.'s Indigenous WW II veterans
Click here to read article and hear voices of of these veterans and their experiences."When visiting her home province of Saskatchewan a few years ago, a photographer was inspired to learn more about a handful of remaining Indigenous Second World War veterans, in part because of the inequality they faced after their service."
|Edwin Victor Cook - Indigenous war hero by Wedlidi Speck
Click here to read the article. Edwin Cook was born in Alert Bay, the home of the Namgis First Nations in 1897. He was the fifth of 16 children born to Jane and Stephen Cook. Jane was a noble woman from the Kwaguł tribe and Stephen was thunderbird clan from the Namgis.
Native Soldiers, Foreign Battlefields: Remembrance Series
Check out the link below to see the whole booklet.
Lesson Ideas and Resources:Hallway Display
Nicole Perret (Indigenous Support Worker) and Nicole Seeley (Indigenous Support Worker) and Lesley Johnson (Teacher Librarian) worked on a hallway display of indigenous veterans leading up to Remembrance Day with the following blurb:
Download this document for the pictures and display:
An intro powerpoint
created by Lelaina Jules, SD71 Secondary District Indigenous Curriculum Support Teacher. Please feel to personalize and add information to fit your school community.
To increase youth awareness of Indigenous people who served in the Canadian military and died in service over the years.