Small blessings: Military marks National Indigenous Peoples Day in Ottawa

An item from the Legion Magazine.

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Small blessings: Military marks Indigenous Peoples Day in Ottawa

 Stephen J. Thorne/Legion Magazine

Small blessings: Military marks National Indigenous Peoples Day in Ottawa


For years after he joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 2004, Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Stevens, an Anishinaabe from Nipissing First Nation in northeastern Ontario, hid his Indigenous roots.

The military was a lumbering organization, far from progressive and slow to change. Being anything other than white was perceived as a potential impediment to progress in the Canadian Forces—and worse.


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The unfortunate fate of convoy HX-49

The unfortunate fate of convoy HX-49

There is safety in numbers, so the saying goes. That was the thinking that led to the merging of two Second World War convoys headed for Great Britain in June 1940.

The first convoy of 26 ships from Canada and the United States had left Halifax on June 9, accompanied by an armed merchant cruiser and two Royal Canadian Navy destroyers. On June 13, it was joined at sea by a group of 24 vessels from the Caribbean and South America, with two escorts.


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