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Kenneth Tellis

Sergeant Thomas George "Tommy" Prince, Native Canadian Soldier
By Kenneth T. Tellis
Jan 24, 2016 - 1:12:20 AM

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While U.S. Honoured their Native American soldiers, there was no such honour bestowed upon Native Canadian soldiers. By this I mean the famous NAVAJO CODE TALKERS that served in the U.S, Army in the Pacific theatre during World War II.

The Canadian press always allude to the racism in other countries, but are quick to sweep their own closet racism under the carpet. Thus, those whose backgrounds were not of the usual ethnicity, were given the short shrift and treated as inferiors.

Of course, all credit goes to Philip Johnston a civil engineer whose missionary parent's background on a Navajo Reserve led to the creation of the Navajo Code Talkers, a special unit of the U.S. Army. Their invaluable help in using the Navajo language as a code saved the lives of countless Americans who served in the Pacific during World War II.

But that was not the case at all in Canada, where hidden racism was standard policy of the Liberal Government of Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King. He looked down on Native Canadian cultures and their languages as uncivilized? But whether we like it or not that is the way that it was for Native Canadians at that time.

Thomas George Prince, who was born in Peterfield, Manitoba on October 25, 1915 and died on November 25, 1977. But note well, how Tommy is referred to as an Aboriginal soldier, rather than a Canadian soldier, which speaks volumes about the hidden racism in Canada. But, note here, that even that time, there were Franco-Amerindians serving as ministers in the Mackenzie King Government of Canada, who could see no wrong in discrimination against Native Canadians, whom they by their Catholic upbringing in Kebek considered Native Peoples as "les sauvages" (the savages). But that is still the standard in relation to Natives Peoples at the present time.

Tommy received the Military Medal from King George VI in 1944 at Buckingham Palace and also received the U.S. Silver Star from the U.S. President, and 9 other awards as well, and much to his credit also served in the First Special Service Force also known as the Devil's Brigade, but because he was only an Indian in CANADA, he was not given his due respect as a War Hero. As usual CANADA as always accused South Africa of being a racist country, always overlooking its own closet racism. Such, is how Canada launders its own history, to make itself look squeaky clean, but only remembers the racism of other nations.

"Je me Souviens"

Kenneth T. Tellis


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