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In Remembrance

November 4, 2013

With Remembrance Day fast approaching we’d like to introduce a part of our library collection which addresses the thoughts of many Canadians throughout “Veteran’s Week”:

Equal to the challenge : an anthology of women’s experiences during World War II

Equal to the challenge : an anthology of women's experiences during World War IIPresents stories by 55 Canadian women of their experiences during World War II. Personal wartime accounts are told by women who worked as civilians, as members of social service groups, and as members of the Canadian armed forces. An introduction discusses women’s roles in the armed forces, and how their wartime contributions influenced general attitudes toward women as equal members of society.

 

 

Fifteen days : stories of bravery, friendship, life and death from inside the new Canadian ArmyFifteen days : stories of bravery, friendship, life and death from inside the new Canadian Army

Grounded in insights gained over the course of several trips to Afghanistan, and drawing on hundreds of hours of interviews not only with the service-men and -women but with the commanders and family members as well, Christie Blatchford creates a detailed, complex and deeply affecting picture of military life in the twenty-first century.

 

 

 

For King and Kanata : Canadian Indians and the First World WarFor King and Kanata : Canadian Indians and the First World War

Reveals how national and international forces directly influenced the more than 4,000 status Indians who voluntarily served in the Canadian Expeditionary Force between 1914 and 1919 and how subsequent administrative policies profoundly affected their experiences at home, on the battlefield, and as returning veterans.

 

 

A place of honour : Manitoba's war dead commemorated in its geographyA place of honour : Manitoba’s war dead commemorated in its geography

Prepared by Manitoba Geographical Names Program this publication tells about all geographical features named after war Manitoban war casualties.  If you are doing some family research or trying to do some remembrance on your own, this book is a great place to start.

 

 

Invisible women : WWII Aboriginal servicewomen in CanadaInvisible women : WWII Aboriginal servicewomen in Canada

While there is anecdotal reporting on Aboriginal involvement, in recent years due to more Indigenous history being written, there is some new research on Aboriginal peoples in WWII, but mainly the Aboriginal male experience. There is practically nothing written about the Aboriginal female experience. Where are their voices? What are their stories?

 

A poppy is to rememberA poppy is to remember

Each Remembrance Day we honour those who gave so much to serve their country, and those who risk their lives even today, in many troubled areas of the world. With simple yet resonant words and illustrations, A Poppy Is to Remember reminds us why we wear the poppy so proudly on Remembrance Day.  (Children’s Book)