You probably know that November 11th is Remembrance Day. Xwi7xwa Library will be closed on Monday November 13th to commemorate this and to honour members of the armed forces who died in the line of duty.

November 8th is not a federal holiday and but the date is still important. This is Aboriginal Veterans Day, a date set aside to mark the thousand of Indigenous, Metis and Inuit people who fought and died for this land. Indigenous voices are too easily lost amidst the poppies and parades, yet one Veterans group estimates that 12,000 Indigenous people served in the First and Second World Wars and the Korean War.[1]

We’re proud to hold some of these stories in our collection and to be able to highlight them this week.  Please visit Xwi7xwa Library to discover further titles and find out more.


[1] ‘Indigenous Veterans’. Veteran Affairs Canada. Retrieved from


Please note that Koerner Library will be closed for Remembrance Day on Friday, November 11th. The library will re-open on Monday according to our regular hours.

rdThe purpose of this guide is to link teacher candidates and teacher-librarians to young adult and children’s literature, teaching ideas, images, YouTube videos and web resources that will be useful in observing Remembrance Day in BC schools.


Photo credit: Lauren Cathy Turner via Flickr

North American Indian Thought and Culture database has many interesting resources about both World Wars. Here are some examples:

An interesting bio about Navajo Code talkers:
Those aboriginal individuals wounded in action WW II:


Some of the items in the Xwi7xwa collection related to Remembrance Day include:
Murdo’s Story 
Native soldiers : foreign battlefields 
World War II and the American Indian / Kenneth William Townsend. 
Ceremony Leslie Marmon Silko
For King and Kanata
Thomas George Prince – Manitobans in Profile
The Edward Curtis Project
Metis veterans of Manitoba
Forgotten warriors
Honouring our peacekeepers
Born on snow
Way of the warrior
When the spirits dance
Year in Nam
You are asked to witness
Native soldiers: foreign battlefields
Forgotten soldiers
Indian profile of a Shuswap war veteran
Canadian Indian policy during the inter-war years
Gene Boy came home [videorecording]
Ayaa [videorecording] : a hero’s journey 
Forgotten warriors [videorecording] / director, Loretta Todd 
Native People in Canada’s Wars [videorecording] 
Joseph Boyden’s Three Day Road [videorecording]
Three Day Road
The Indian who bombed Berlin and other stories
Two trails narrow
War games

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