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FIRST MONUMENT HONOURING CHARLES HENRY BYCE TO BE UNVEILED

FIRST MONUMENT HONOURING CHARLES HENRY BYCE TO BE UNVEILED
From the residential school system in Northern Ontario, he stepped into history as Canada’s most highly-decorated Indigenous soldier of WW II

WHAT:  
A bronze monument commemorating Charles Henry Byce, whose mother was Moose Cree, and father a WW I hero, will be unveiled.  Born in Chapleau, Ontario, Byce went through the residential school system. Serving with the Lake Superior Regiment (Motor), he earned a Military Medal (MM) for valour in January 1945.  A few weeks later, he made a gallant stand, against hopeless odds, saving more than a dozen men in his company. For this, he received the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM). Only a handful of Canadians have ever received both a DCM and MM -remarkably, Charlie Byce’s father, Henry Byce, was one of them. The monument was created by Tyler Fauvelle, a professional sculptor based in Sudbury, Ontario.

WHO: 

Cree Elder Ian White (Elder, and WW II Veteran, who was at Juno Beach on D-Day)
Chief Isadore Day – Ontario Regional Chief
Grand Chief Jonathon Solomon – Mushkegowuk Tribal Council
Grand Chief Alvin Fidder – Nishnawbe-Aski Nation
Chief Keith Corston – Chapleau Cree First Nation
MP Don Rusnak – Chair of Indigenous Liberal Caucus
MPP Michael Mantha
Pauline Cloutier – President, Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 5
Mayor Michael Levesque – Township of Chapleau
Roger Chum – President, Ontario Native Education Counselling Association
Tyler Fauvelle – sculptor
Members of the Byce family

Guard of Honour – Lake Superior Scottish Regiment, 2511 LSSR Army Cadets

WHEN:

Saturday, September 17, 2016, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

WHERE:  

The Royal Canadian Legion, Branch No. 5, 33 Young Street, Chapleau, Ontario.  Ceremony and unveiling outdoors, followed by refreshments inside the Legion.

Press coverage is welcome.

NOTE:
Eagle Staff Procession, Guard of Honour.  Drummers:  Little Anishinaabe Kwe.  Piper.

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