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Forgotten Warriors

This screening took place on
Monday, July 3, 2017 at 1:00pm
Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre

As part of Adäka Cultural Festival 2017. Admission is free.

Although they could not be conscripted when World War II was declared, thousands of Canadian Aboriginal men enlisted.

As a reward for fighting, the Canadian Soldier Veteran’s Settlement Act allowed returning soldiers to buy land at a cheap price. However, many of the Aboriginal soldiers were never offered nor told about the land entitlement. Some returned home to find the government had seized parts of their own reserve land to compensate non-Native war veterans. Whole First Nations communities still mourn the loss of the thousands of acres of prime land they were forced to surrender.

With narrator Gordon Tootoosis providing an historical overview, Aboriginal veterans poignantly share their unforgettable war memories and their healing process. We join them as they travel back to Europe to perform a sacred circle for friends left behind, but not forgotten, in foreign grave sites.

Producer of Forgotten Warriors and member of the Teslin Tlingit First Nation, Carol Geddes, will be in attendance to introduce the film and answer questions after the screening.

Award - Category: Best Biography / History Documentary
Hot Docs International Film Festival, 1997, Toronto - Canada

Best Short Documentary Program: 1996 American Indian Film Festival
San Francisco - USA

  • Directed by Loretta Todd
  • 1997, British Columbia/ Alberta
  • 51 minutes
    Forgotten Warriors

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