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CANADA: Apology To Canada’s First Black Battalion To Come This Summer– Defence Minister 

Danielle Edwards | The Canadian Press 

HALIFAX — Descendants of the No. 2 Construction Battalion — Canada’s only all-Black unit to serve in the First World War — will receive an apology from the federal government this summer for the racial discrimination their relatives endured. 

Ottawa has been in consultations with descendants of the 600 members of the battalion over the last year, federal Defence Minister Anita Anand told a news conference.

“Every one of these heroes deserved appreciation and recognition, but they were often ignored before, during and long after their service,” Anand said, adding that the government is committed to changing the culture of the Canadian Armed Forces and making sure the institution “looks like the population it serves.”    Continue reading

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