Unveiling Ceremony a Huge Success
Additional pictures can be viewed on the Facebook Commemoration page album. Included here are links to various coverage of the event. Thanks again to everyone that helped make this vision a reality.
Indigenous War Heroes Project – http://indigenouswarhero.org/
Sudbury Star – June 26 – sudbury-sculptor-honours-aboriginal-war-hero
CBC – June 21 – francis-pegahmagabow-aboriginal-day
Parry Sound.com – June 21 – monument-befitting-man-and-his-service
CTV Barrie – June 21 – decorated-aboriginal-soldier-honoured-in-parry-sound
Parry Sound.com – June 21 – first-world-war-hero-francis-pegahmagabow-monument-unveiled-june-21-in-parry-sound
Radio Canada International – June 21 – national-aboriginal-day-honouring-cpl-francis-pegahmagabow
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ONECA is an executive member of the Francis Pegahmagabow Commemoration 2016 Committee, formed to create and install a life-sized bronze sculpture honouring Francis Pegahmagabow, the most highly-decorated First Nations soldier of WW I.
The sculpture, to be unveiled in June 2016, will stand at the Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts in Parry Sound, in view of Parry Island, Pegahmagabow’s home. Tyler Fauvelle, a professional artist based in Sudbury, Ontario, will create the sculpture, featuring elements of Ojibwa culture.
The story of First People’s military contributions to Canada needs to be more widely known; an important part of the commemoration is the production of an educational video about Pegahmagabow, and aboriginal people’s military service to Canada. The bronze monument and commemorative plaque will tell the story for generations; we hope that the new video will interest, inspire and engage Canadian students of all backgrounds, and resonate very strongly with aboriginal students.
“The Wasauksing First Nation (Parry Island), the Town of Parry Sound, and a very dedicated committee are all working together to honour one of Canada’s most valiant heroes,” says Roger Chum, President of ONECA. “Our hope is that this monument will be spirit-building, and inspire reflection and remembrance.”
Joseph Boyden, Canadian author and member of the committee, has said that Francis Pegahmagabow is “one of Canada’s most important heroes.” His award-winning novel, Three Day Road, was inspired by Pegahmagabow’s military life as scout and sniper.
Pegahmagabow was awarded the Military Medal in 1916; the citation speaks of his great bravery, disregard for danger, and faithfulness to duty. Similar acts of valour were recognized by additional bars to that medal, and Pegahmagabow was one of only 39 members of the Canadian Expeditionary Force to receive two bars to the Military Medal. A skilled sniper and scout, he fought overseas for almost the entire war, seeing action in some of its most horrific battles: Second Battle of Ypres, the Somme, Passchendaele, Battle of the Scarpe.
Fueled by pride in his Great War accomplishments, and changed in ways that only returning veterans could understand, Pegahmagabow persistently rebelled against barriers and racism, agitating for change. He served as Chief of the Parry Island Band (Wasauksing First Nation), band councillor, and as Supreme Chief of the National Indian Government.
The project will be funded partly by public sector grants; the committee is also developing a sponsorship package for private sector funding. The estimated budget is $195,000; we expect to secure public funding of $110,000, with the balance coming from private sector donations.
Donations gratefully accepted by: ONECA, Payable to: Parry Island Hero
Mailing address: ONECA, 37A Reserve Road, Box 220, Naughton, Ontario, P0M 2M0
Parry Sound North Star – May 20 – Clement supports Pegahmagabow statue
Canadian Army News – May 20 – Courage Under Fire
Sudbury Star – Mar 26 – Bronze to honour First Nations war hero
Anishinabek News – Mar 25 – Campaign for a First Nations hero
Parrysound.com – Nov 21 – Town decides where famed soldier will stand
Parry Sound North Star – Nov 12 – Statue to honour great local First Nation warrior
Press Conference November 10 – Media Release
CTV – Nov 10 – (Video) Announcement of Project in Parry Sound
Global News – Nov 6 – First Nations Soldiers among Canada’s top WWI snipers