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First Nations soldiers an �untold story�


First Nations soldiers an �untold story�: [] "It's the untold story," he said.

At least 3,000 status Indians, including 72 women, fought in the Second World War, according to Veteran Affairs Canada.

Canada did not track the number of Inuit, Mtis or other First Nations who fought, so "the actual numbers were no doubt much higher," it noted.

More than 200 died and at least 18 soldiers were decorated for bravery in action, including Dominic "Dick" Patrick of Saik'uz First Nation in Vanderhoof (see story, page 3).

That participation is slightly less than the First World War, when one in three "able-bodied Canadian Indian men" enlisted, according to a 2005 Veteran Affairs publication called Native Soldiers, Foreign Battlefields.

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