Thomas George Prince

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  1. Book: Supporting Successful Transition from Primary to Secondary School by Tina Rae (2014)
  2. Book: Book: Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv (2008)
  3. Book: Digital Tools for Teaching: 30 E-tools for Collaborating, Creating, and Publishing across the Curriculum by Steve Johnson (2013)
  4. DVD video: Canadian Popular Music in the '60's, '70's & '80's by EMI Music Canada (2012)
  5. DVD video: Canada: A People's History produced by Mark Starowicz (2001).
  6. Book: Fire in the Bones: Bill Mason and the Canadian Canoeing Tradition by James Raffan (1999)



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Thomas George Prince

Thomas George Prince was one of 11 children born to Henry and Arabella Prince of the Brokenhead Band at Scanterbury, Manitoba. He was a descendant of Peguis, the Saulteaux Chief who led his band of 200 Ojibwa from the Sault Ste. Marie region to the Red River in the 1790s, and of Chief William Prince, who headed the Ojibwa-Manitoba team of Nile Voyageurs.

Manitoba's most-decorated Aboriginal war veteran, Sergeant Tommy Prince of the Brokenhead Ojibway Nation, was born at Petersfield on October 25, 1915. He enlisted in 1940, and served in the Royal Canadian Engineers, the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion, and the First Special Service force—part of the famed "Devil's Brigade." For exceptional bravery he received the Military Medal and the Silver Star (U.S.A.). He also received six service medals.

Prince served with the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry during the Korean War, for which he received the Korean, Canadian Volunteer Service, and United Nations Service medals.

At the outbreak of World War II Prince volunteered to fight with the Canadian Army, and although Prince easily met the requirements for recruitment, he was turned down several times before he was finally accepted on June 3, 1940. He was originally a member of the Royal Canadian Engineers, trained as a sapper. He volunteered for airborne duty and was transferred to the U.K.’s parachute school at Ringway, near Manchester. He was promoted to Lance Corporal in February 1941.

In 1944 in Italy, Sergeant Prince was spying on the Germans. He set up an observation post in an abandoned farmhouse, a short distance from the enemy. For days, he reported on the activity in the German camp. Soon after, shelling severed the communication wire. Undaunted, Prince donned civilian clothing and acted as a farmer tending his crops. By pretending to tie his shoes, he successfully repaired the break in full view of the German soldiers. His actions resulted in the destruction of four enemy tanks that had been firing on the Allies.

Tommy Prince is Canada’s most-decorated Aboriginal war veteran. He was also a brave and remarkable man. Prince had a strong sense of civic duty and a fierce pride in his people. He said "All my life I had wanted to do something to help my people recover their good name." He dedicated himself to attaining increased educational and economic opportunities for Aboriginal peoples.

In the years before his death, Prince "was a truly forgotten man." It was during these years that he pawned his prized medals.

Tommy Prince died at Winnipeg's Deer Hospital on November 1977, at the age of 62. At his funeral, a delegation of Princess Patricias served as pallbearers and draped a Canadian flag over his coffin for the memorial service attended by active soldiers, veterans and representatives from France, Italy and United States, friends and family.


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