The 114th Battalion, C.E.F.: The First World War and Indigenous Rights in Canada
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
7 p.m. at the Salmar Classic Theatre
Admission: A non-perishable food item for the SA Foodbank, or cash donation.
Join military historian and Okanagan College professor James Wood as he chronicles the heroism of the 114th battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF), which was made up of an estimated 4,000 soldiers of indigenous descent. This was an astonishing show of patriotism given the limited civil rights accorded to Canada’s First Peoples in the early 20th century.
Presented through the eyes of Commanding Officer Colonel Andrew T. Thompson, the presentation follows the dramatic story of the war itself — as idealism, hope, and great expectations shaded into disappointment, resentment, and limited gains at a massive cost to those who fought for them.
The lecture will conclude with an interactive Q&A session.
Salmar Classic Theatre
360 Alexander Street, Salmon Arm
This is the brochure which will be handed out to those attending our first lecture on March 12, at the Salmar Classic Theatre. It says it all ! It Is What I Have Been Working Towards for the past few months. The Future For Me Is Full of Hope.
I have been working with the mayor and council of Salmon Arm, surrounding communities, representatives of the Regional District, and the four First Nations Chiefs and counsellors, for the past couple of years. We Call Our Movement, “moving forward together.” We are making remarkable progress. I am encouraged with how much we are able to accomplish by simply showing respect for one another as persons.
My Hope Is That Other Communities will do likewise.