With Remembrance Day approaching, a B.C. artist has designed a special poppy to honour indigenous veterans.
Andy Everson of the K’ómoks First Nation shared this Northwest Coast-inspired print on his Facebook page on National Aboriginal Veterans Day last Friday to recognize indigenous contributions to war efforts.
The post quickly went viral on the social networking site, picking up almost 1,000 shares and 364 likes.
Indigenous tribes played a key role in the War of 1812, as Shawnee Chief Tecumseh led a series of attacks against U.S. forces.
Approximately 4,000 First Nations men in Canada volunteered for World War I, in which over 300 died.
An estimated 20,000 First Nations people volunteered for World War II, in which over 200 died, according to NationTalk.
All this, despite the fact that First Nations were exempt from conscription and were not allowed to vote in Canadian elections at the time.
This is hardly the first time that Everson has drawn attention online for innovative prints. He previously put an indigenous spin on "Star Wars" characters as a way to criticize the B.C. Treaty Process.
He also created several artworks that became prominent online symbols of the Idle No More movement.
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