Thank you to Noreen Pankewich, District Aboriginal Resource Teacher for suggesting the following resources...
Two little known, but interesting facts about aboriginal soldiers in Canada...
Both quotes below are taken from the website, Elders' Voices: Aboriginal Veterans
"...Another important role, and often one that could only be filled by an Aboriginal soldier, was that of code-talker. Military messages were translated into Aboriginal languages such as Cree, which were unique to North America and which even the most skilled infiltrators had trouble decoding. A Cree soldier on the receiving end would translate the message back into English before passing it on to military officials. "
"Sadly, it took more than fifty years for the government to recognize the wartime contributions of the Aboriginal Peoples, on the home front and battlefront alike. Overseas, Aboriginal soldiers fought proudly alongside Canadian men of many other races, fuelled by a shared purpose and pride. Upon their return to Canadian soil, however, many First Nations, Inuit, and Métis soldiers found that this equality no longer held. They received no warm welcome. In fact, many came back to find that their land had been taken away or divvied up among non-Aboriginal farmers to increase wartime crop production, never to be theirs again. They also found that they would not share in the same benefits that other members of the Canadian forces enjoyed, including educational and vocational training, employment offers, and housing."
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