WELLAND – Far too often the accomplishments of First Nations, Inuit and Metis in the military are neglected. The Welland Museum is pleased to welcome guest speaker and proud warrior WO Sheldon Quinn of the PPCLI, who will comment on Canadian Aboriginal military involvement from the War of 1812 to the present day. Quinn is a serving Warrant Officer and a member of Saddle Cree Nation in the Treaty Six Territory of Alberta, who saw action in several key military operations including Afghanistan.
With the possible exception of the highly decorated WWII and Korean War vet Tommy Prince, we recognize precious few Aboriginal heroes. Prince, an Ojibwa, was raised on the Brokenhead Reserve in Manitoba, honoured by King George VI at Buckingham Palace, served with the famed and feared Devil’s Brigade and was awarded eleven medals for his military service including the Military Medal during a battle in Italy, and the Silver Star, an American award for gallantry.
First Nations soldier Francis Pegahmagabow was the most effective sniper of World War I, three times awarded the Military Medal. He saw action during the Second Battle of Ypres, Passchendaele, Upton Wood and was seriously wounded at the Somme. He was an expert marksman and scout, credited with killing 378 Germans and capturing 300 more. John Shiwak was an Inuk born in Labrador and killed at Masnieres, France when a German shell exploded, taking him and six of his fellow soldiers during the First World War.
The public is welcome to learn more about Canada’s Aboriginal Warriors on Wednesday, February 15th from 3:30 – 5 pm at the Welland Museum. Admission is free. Seating is limited. Advance registration is required. Please call 905-732-2215. For more information on the Museum and its programs and exhibitions, please visit www.wellandmuseum.ca. The Museum is located at 140 King St and is open from 10 am– 4 pm.
(Source: Welland Museum news release)