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We Remember the Black Battalion
It is never too late to learn about No. 2 Construction Battalion, also known as the Black Battalion. In the First World War, when so many brave young men enlisted to fight, there were many Black men who wanted to join, but many were denied. Instead, the Black Battalion was created. A labour unit that helped cut the lumber and mill the logs. These men were still soldiers, and they served Canada proudly. It is up to us to remember their contributions, along with those of other soldiers, during Remembrance Day, and all year long. This free-verse poem about Black Canadian soldiers introduces topics like racism and discrimination, in an easy-to-digest format suitable for young readers. A glossary and reflection questions section help educators, parents and caregivers engage with children on the issues raised in We Remember The Black Battalion. Visit www.blackcanadianveterans.com for more information.
Serena Virk is an Ontario-based certified teacher for twenty years. While researching material for Remembrance Day, she discovered how little information was out there for young children to learn about the contribution of Black soldiers during World War 1. There were resource materials for teenagers and adults about the Black Battalion, but nothing for young readers. She realized how important it was to have a resource for them. The book was reviewed by Kathy Grant, Sean Foyn and Mathias Joost. Historian Kathy Grant, served as a member and History Co-Chair on the National Advisory Apology Committee for the Government of Canada's treatment of No. 2 Construction Battalion. Sean Foyn, AFRICANADIAN SEARCHERS, is a researcher and producer of historical content. He served as a member of the National Advisory Committee on the Government of Canada’s Apology for the Treatment of No. 2 Construction Battalion. Mathias Joost served 32 years in the Canadian Forces, the last 18 of which were as a historian.