Parry Sound, Ontario —A bronze statue honouring the legacy of Company Sergeant-Major Francis Pegahmagabow will be unveiled in Parry Sound, Ontario on June 21, 2016 – National Aboriginal Day.
CSM Pegahmagabow is the most highly-decorated Aboriginal soldier of the First World War.
“Francis’ life stands as an excellent example of courage and tenacity that we shall always remember,” said Dr. Brian McInnes, great-grandson of CSM Pegahmagabow.
One hundred years ago this year, CSM Pegahmagabow departed for the frontlines as a member of 1st Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, where he served in the battles of Ypres, the Somme and Passchendaele. He was an expert sniper, scout and messenger and is one of only 38 Canadians awarded the Military Medal with two bars for acts of bravery.
After the war, CSM Pegahmagabow continued his service in the 23rd Regiment of the Northern Pioneers (amalgamated into the Algonquin Regiment in 1936).
Lieutenant-General Marquis Hainse, Commander of the Canadian Army and Defence Team Champion for Aboriginal Peoples, will attend the unveiling in the company of a 50-soldier honour guard and colour party comprised of members of the Royal Canadian and Algonquin Regiments.
The monument, by Sudbury, Ontario artist Tyler Fauvelle, will stand at the Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts in Parry Sound, overlooking CSM Pegahmagabow’s birthplace at Wasauksing First Nation on Parry Island. The Ontario Native Education Counselling…