WW I Exhibit Coming To Kahnawake

Written by on November 5, 2019

Next Monday marks Remembrance Day in Canada and Veterans Day in the US, they honour of those who served and died in the armed forces.  In 2 weeks from now the Kahnawake Legion Branch 219 will host a travelling exhibit entitled “After the War”. Through it the Canadian Centre for the Great War takes a look at World War I veterans and their reintegration into society. One of the soldiers whose story is on display is Kahnawake’s Angus Goodleaf, who was the last surviving member of the 107th Battalion. His grandson Mouchie Goodleaf makes sure to honour him and others every year. “It’s huge, I think. I go to all the parades here in town. I put a wreath down for him every year, every year since I was a kid. Because I have respect for my grandfather and also the other Vets here in town,” Goodleaf said. The stories of three World War I veterans and their return to Canada will show the wide variety of experiences that soldiers went through when they got home. The exhibit also wants to challenge what is commonly thought of as a typical World War I vet. Caitlin Bailey, is the Executive Director and curator of the Canadian Centre for the Great War. “We talk a lot about indigenous Veterans in the first and second World Wars and their contributions and we conveniently forget the fact that they did not have access to a pension,” Bailey said. After the Armistice of 1918 – 400 000 veterans, including about 4000 Indigenous soldiers, returned home to Canada and faced the reintegration into society. The After the War exhibit has traveled across Canada since January. Tomorrow it will open up at the Mount Royal Armory, before heading to Kahnawake for its final stop November 19th to the 21st.


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