Veterans' Week: Diverse Experiences of War and Conflict

Monday, November 8, 2021
Image of a beaded poppy

Beaded Poppy, photo and artwork by Robin Stadelbauer, Indigenous Relations Coordinator

This week is Veterans' Week and includes Indigenous Veterans' Day (Nov 8) and Remembrance Day (Nov 11).

We are thinking about diverse experiences of war and conflict – those who fought, who continue to fight, who are forced to flee, and those who are left behind.

In large numbers, Black, Indigenous and racialized folks represented Canada during conflict while often facing systemic discrimination from the very country for whom they were sacrificing, fighting for and sometimes dying in the name of. Many of these fights continue today.

In honour of the diverse sacrifices and experiences of war and conflict, we have put together resources and a suggested reading list. It is by no means an exhaustive list, so please let us know what we are missing, and what we should be reading and reflecting on, particularly this week.

These days are not to celebrate war and conflict, but to reflect on the many diverse lives impacted by all forms of conflict, at home and abroad.

General Resources

Fiction, Non-fiction, and Graphic Novels: