Hometown Heroes – Treaty No. 1 Commemoration, August 3, 2020
A note regarding the 2020 Treaty Commemoration Day on August 3rd:
While this annual event is typically open to the public, this year the commemoration will be held privately to ensure adherence to public health guidelines related to COVID-19.
We will miss the yearly gathering, and look forward to next year’s Treaty 150 commemoration at Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site with anticipation that it be open to the public. Parks Canada and Treaty One Nation will publicly share details as they are available.
Canada's participation in the First World War (1914-1918) and the Second World War (1939-1945) touched every community in this country. Parks Canada invites Canadians to join us in commemorating individuals from all walks of life who made unique contributions to the war effort. During these global conflicts, civilians and those in the armed forces played a crucial role in protecting and building their communities and thus Canada as a whole. Get to know the remarkable stories of these Hometown Heroes, honour their memory and express your gratitude for their service by visiting Parks Canada's National Historic Sites, National Parks, and National Marine Conservation Areas.
We Will Remember Them...
Hometown Hero Honouree Sergeant Tommy Prince (1915-1977)
A member of the Brokenhead Ojibway Nation, Tommy Prince is Canada’s most decorated Indigenous veterans. He served during the Second World War and Korean War. Prince began his service with the Royal Canadian Engineers and in 1942 joined the 1st Special Service Force (FSSF), which the Germans nicknamed the “Devil’s Brigade.” He re-enlisted and served two tours in Korea with the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry.
Like so many other Indigenous veterans, upon his return to Canada following the Second World War, Prince was denied his full veterans’ benefits and faced hardships throughout the remainder of his life.