Forgotten Warriors

Forgotten Warriors

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Although they could not be conscripted, when World War II was declared, thousands of Indigenous Canadian men and women enlisted and fought alongside their non-Indigenous countrymen. Ironically, they fought for freedom for others while being denied equality in their own country. As a reward for fighting, the Canadian Soldier Veteran's Settlement Act allowed returning soldiers to buy land at a cheap price. However, many of the Indigenous soldiers were never offered nor told about the land entitlement. Some returned home to find the government had seized parts of their own reserve land to compensate non-Indigenous war veterans. Whole First Nations communities still mourn the loss of the thousands of acres of prime land they were forced to surrender. With narrator Gordon Tootoosis providing an historical overview, Indigenous veterans poignantly share their unforgettable war memories and their healing process. We join them as they travel back to Europe to perform a sacred circle for friends left behind, but not forgotten, in foreign grave sites.

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Credits
  • director
    Loretta Todd
  • script
    Loretta Todd
  • producer
    Carol Geddes
    Michael Doxtater
    Jerry Krepakevich
  • executive producer
    Graydon McCrea
  • camera
    Jim Jeffrey
    Ali Kazimi
    Jean-Pierre Lachapelle
    Kirk Tougas
  • sound
    Chris Aikenhead
    Brian Avery
    Lindsay Bucknell
    William Butler
    Garrell Clark
    Leon Johnson
    Michael McGee
    Hans Oomes
    Don Paches
  • editing
    Shirley Claydon
    Gerald K. Wilson
  • sound editing
    Marc Benoit
  • sound mix
    Marc Benoit
  • narrator
    Gordon Tootoosis
  • music
    Wesley Lowe
    Russell Wallace

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