Conservative MPs including the Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill River’s Gary Vidal is calling for the most decorated Canadian war veteran to be the face of a new $5 banknote.
A video released on Facebook Sunday is requesting the public to sign a petition in support of the late Sgt. Tommy Prince to receive the honour. The two-and-a-half minute video features Vidal, as well as Shadow Minister for Crown-Indigenous Relations Jamie Schmale and MP Tom Kmiec.
“There are many great Canadians worthy of consideration, but Conservatives are suggesting Sgt. Tommy Prince, a great Indigenous Canadian, who embodies duty, courage, bravery and patriotism,” Kmiec said.
In the video, Vidal explained Prince, born October 1915, attended residential school from the age of five until Grade 8, before joining the military at the age of 24 in 1940 after several rejections. Prince was a founding member of the Elite First Canadian Parachute Battalion and the Devil’s Brigade during the Second World War.
ADD YOUR VOICE ➡️ www.HonourTommyPrince.caToday, Conservative Shadow Minister for Crown-Indigenous Relations, Jamie Schmale, Indigenous Services Shadow Minister Gary Vidal, and I are sharing our choice for the face of Canada's new $5 bill. The Bank of Canada has decided to put a new face on the five-dollar bill and are accepting recommendations for great Canadians worthy of consideration. There are many great Canadians worthy of consideration, but we are suggesting Sergeant Tommy Prince—a great Indigenous Canadian who embodies duty, courage, bravery, and patriotism. Sgt. Tommy Prince (1915-1977) was an Indigenous Canadian war veteran and one of the most decorated First Nations soldiers in Canadian history. He served in the Second World War and the Korean War and was one of only three Canadians to receive both the United States’ Silver Star and the United Kingdom’s Military Medal for his distinguished service.Over 15,000 Indigenous Canadians fought in World War Two and Korea for a country they couldn’t even vote in. They experienced racism from the federal government as Indigenous war veterans and were denied many of the benefits other veterans received.It is the responsibility of every Canadian to understand the injustices of the past towards Indigenous heroes like Sergeant Tommy Prince and to work towards establishing a mutually respectful relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.Canadians who support honouring this great Canadian Indigenous war hero should add their voice at ➡️ www.HonourTommyPrince.ca
Geplaatst door Tom Kmiec op Zondag 21 juni 2020
Vidal mentioned Prince reached the rank of sergeant by the end of war and was one of three Canadians to receive both the Silver Star and Military Medal. His 11 medals make him the most decorated Indigenous war veteran in Canada.
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“After his service, he received an honourable discharge, but not the benefits given to other veterans because he was Indigenous,” Vidal said. “Military service took a heavy toll on his health and, following his honourable discharge from the army, he faced a difficult return to a civilian life in Manitoba where he lived in poverty and poor health.”
Prince, who also served in the Korean War, died in November 1977 in Winnipeg. He was one of 11 children born to Henry and Arabella Prince of the Brokenhead Band in Manitoba