Hometown Heroes – Treaty No. 1 Commemoration, August 3, 2019
A ceremony will be held at Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site to honour members of Treaty No. 1 First Nation communities who served to protect Canada and her allies during both world wars. Parks Canada, in collaboration with the seven Treaty No. 1 First Nations and the Canadian Armed Forces, will host this community event in the presence of Chiefs and Elders as well as veterans, political and military dignitaries. The world war veterans of Treaty No. 1 will be represented by the late Sgt. Tommy Prince, Canada’s most decorated Indigenous veteran, to be recognized by Parks Canada as a Hometown Hero. We will also recognize the collective and valorous contributions of many other members from Treaty No.1 communities with an Honour List.
The event will take place at Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site (St. Andrews, MB) on August 3, 2019 with a pipe ceremony starting at 9:00 a.m. and the ceremony starting at 10:15 a.m.
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.