Under the Northern Sky: We shall Remember

By Xavier Kataquapit www.underthenorthernsky.com Every year many of us gather at the local city and town cenotaphs to remember the sacrifice of the men and women who fought in past wars. Many thousands were killed in battle, many more wounded and they returned to their communities after war but things were not the same. My great-grandfather John Chookomolin and my grandfather James Kataquapit were part of a group of 24 young Cree men from Attawapiskat that were stolen away in the summer of 1917 by a military representative of Canada to fight in the first world war. They could not speak English, none of them had ever ventured to towns and cities in the south and they had no idea what this war was all about. They were traditional Cree…

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