Official apology for the treatment of the No. 2 Construction Battalion – July 9, 2022

July 9, 2022 at 8:28 am  Federal, Politics



A ceremony is held in Truro, Nova Scotia, as the federal government delivers an apology for the discrimination experienced by those who served in the No. 2 Construction Battalion. Defence Minister Anita Anand, and relatives and descendants of battalion members are among those attending the ceremony. Created during the First World War on July 5, 1916, the segregated unit was Canada’s first and only all-Black battalion-sized formation. The battalion’s headquarters were located in Truro until its members were deployed overseas. It was comprised of over 600 men, with approximately 300 from Nova Scotia. They were prevented from fighting in the war because of their race and were given non-combat support roles. The battalion was disbanded on September 20, 1920, without any recognition for the service of its members. Coverage courtesy of Eastlink.

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