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Salish Sea Sentinel | February 21, 2020

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Don’t Glorify War!

Excerpts from a letter about ‘Honouring Aboriginal Veterans’ in the November edition of the Sentinel. Name withheld.

Why oh why do you promote Remembrance Day year after year? It says “They fought to preserve our freedom.” No! Not!…

When native soldiers returned to Canada in 1945, they couldn’t even vote… They returned to Canada where their children were still being forced into residential schools…

We certainly don’t want to shame native vets, but we shouldn’t pretend they fought for native peoples. Their sacrifice supported the culture that weakened and disrespected native people in atrocious ways.

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