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Land Acknowledgement November 10, 2021 - Recognition of First Nation, Métis. and Inuit Veterans and Serving Member and Veterans

Trivia

  • World War I broke out, every male member of the Nk’maplqs (Head of the Lake) Band between the ages of 20 and 35 enlisted for service.
  • If a Status Indigenous person joined the Canadian military under the Indian Act they ran the risk of losing their status
  • An estimated 12,000 Indigenous men and women served in WW I with an estimated 3,000 - 4,000 serving in WW II
  • Indigenous veterans didn't receive the same benefits and support as did white veterans
  • Veterans Affairs worked in conjunction with the Royal Canadian Legion to inform veterans about the types of benefits available to them. Indigenous people were not welcome in Legion's 

Not even hero's such a Sergeant Tommy Prince 

Or Edith Anderson Monture from the Six Nations in Brantford who served with the American forces in WW I. She was Canada's first Registered Nurse but had to go to the U.S. to receive her training because the Indian Act stipulated that if she pursued her training in Canada she would lose her Status. 

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