During our 100 Days of Vimy project, we shared the story of First Nations sniper, Francis Pegehmagabow. Read it here.
In March 2017, forty (40) members of the 2799 Queen’s York Rangers Cadets travelled to Europe on a world war commemoration tour. Prior to departing, the Cadets received a flag from Chief Tabobondung of the Wasauksing First Nation. Today, the Wasauksing First Nation represents the former Perry Island Reserve, to which Francis Pegehmagabow belonged. It was their desire to deliver the Wasauksing First Nation’s flag to an appropriate place overseas and to leave it there as a marker of the contributions of First Nations soldiers in both world wars.
Unfortunately, the Cadets learned that items left at memorials are eventually removed by groundskeepers. Rather than have it be discarded, the Cadets instead carried the flag onwards throughout the duration of their tour. Consequently, the flag was carried and displayed on the very land that members of all First Nation’s families and communities fought and gave their lives.
Having now returned home with the flag, it is still the desire of the Wasauksing First Nation to find an appropriate place overseas where it can be seen flying alongside the flags of Canada and France.