Resources listed below are to learn about and honor our Indigenous veterans, but first, some background:
For too long, Indigenous veterans were not given the same recognition, nor did they receive the same benefits, as their fellow non-Indigenous comrades. In recent years, the contributions of our Indigenous veterans have finally surfaced to mainstream society. Some questions to get you thinking about our Indigenous veterans:
- Did you know about the Cree code talkers and their role in WWII?
- What about our Indigenous veterans who were recruited to be the top snipers in WWI?
- Do you know the history of beaded poppies?
- Do you know of how Indigenous veterans were treated once they finished their service?
All the answers to these questions, and more information about our Indigenous veterans, are available in the links below. If you know of any other resources that I did not share, please let me know! Send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Veterans Affairs Canada for general resources grades K-12: https://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/information-for/educators
- Native Soldiers- Foreign Battlefields by Janice Summerby. Part of the Remembrance Series by the Veterans Affairs Canada
- Indigenous Education website has resources listed for all grades: https://www.sd67.bc.ca/school/IndigenousEd/learningresources/remembranceresources/Pages/default.aspx#/=
- General information about Indigenous veterans’ post-service experience: https://www.ictinc.ca/blog/indigenous-veterans
- Veterans Affairs Canada: General information about Indigenous veterans’ contributions, biographies of decorated Indigenous veterans, and short videos: https://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/people-and-stories/indigenous-peoples
- Beaded poppies background and information (article): https://www.cbc.ca/radio/checkup/beaded-poppies-show-respect-for-indigenous-veterans-that-s-why-i-m-wearing-mine-1.4900851
- Virtual Learning Commons website has resources for all grades (use the tabs at the top to find resources applicable for your students): https://vlc.ucdsb.ca/k-6remembranceday
- When the Spirits Dance: A Cree Boy’s Search for the Meaning of War by Larry Loyie with Constance Brissenden
- Cree Code Talkers videos and resources: https://www.cbc.ca/kidscbc2/the-feed/the-story-of-canadas-code-talkers
- A Commemorative History of Aboriginal Peoples in the Canadian Military learning guide: http://www.cmp-cpm.forces.gc.ca/dhh-dhp/pub/boo-bro/abo-aut/doc/abo-aut-eng.pdf
- Teachers’ Guide to Indigenous War Heroes: https://www.oise.utoronto.ca/deepeningknowledge/UserFiles/File/Teacher_sGuide.pdf
- Cree Code Talkers information: https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/cree-code-talkers#:~:text=CREE%20CODE%20TALKER%20FILM%20Cree,War%20to%20defeat%20the%20enemy.
- Mini-Doc on Charles “Checker” Tomkins, Cree Code Talker: https://nsifilms.ca/cree-code-talker/