|CONTRIBUTIONS OF ABORIGINAL CANADIANS PART OF EMSB BLACK HISTORY MONTH|
MONTREAL, FEBRUARY 6, 2006- In honour of Black History Month, some presentations at the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) will pay tribute to the military contributions made not only by Black Canadians, but also Aboriginal Canadians, during major battles and peacekeeping missions.
A presentation by Canadian Armed Forces personnel called "Honour Before Glory," will show students a rarely mentioned aspect of Canadian history, focusing on the participation of Black and Aboriginal Canadians in the Canadian Forces during World Wars I and II, the Korean Conflict and different peacekeeping missions around the world.
"Honour Before Glory" will take place at the following schools: John Paul I Junior High School, 8455 Pré-Laurin in St. Léonard, on Wednesday, February 8 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Tuesday, February 28 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; McLearon School, 555 19th Avenue in Pointe Aux Trembles, on Thursday, February 16 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; and Edward Murphy School, 6800 Pierre de Coubertin in the East End, on Monday, February 27 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The National Defense Public Affairs Office – Quebec Region, in association with the Canadian Armed Forces Recruitment Centre, will be presenting a history of the role played by Black and Aboriginal Canadians in the Canadian Forces to the Graded 3, 4, 5 and 6 students of General Vanier School, 4555 Buies in St. Leonard, and Dalkeith School, 7951 Dalkeith in Anjou. The event will involve a 30-minute PowerPoint presentation and talk given by members of the Canadian Forces, followed by two hour-long films. They are scheduled to take place on Friday, February 17 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (General Vanier) and Monday, February 20 from 11:10 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. (Dalkeith).
Michael J. Cohen