Remembering the men of Canada’s Black Battalion No. 2 Construction Battalion 1916 – 1920

Group shot of Battalion No. 2 Construction Battalion
Evenings @ Government House
Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Arrival Time: 
6:30pm - 9:50pm
Government House, 1451 Barrington Street, Halifax
Registration open: 
Wednesday, November 4, 2015

To register fill out the attendance form or call 424-7001.

Professor Leslie Oliver will provide a fascinating talk on an important aspect of Nova Scotia’s role in the First World War as part of the ongoing commemorations of the Great War at Government House.

In 1916, Canada was struggling to maintain a full fighting force in Europe while, at home, many young Black men were struggling to find a way to participate in that effort along with their fellow Canadians. Our Canadian military was trying hard to deal with the racial attitudes of the times in a way that could enlist the willing Black men as part of the war effort. Dr. Leslie Oliver will discuss the impact and contributions of the men who joined the Number 2 Construction Battalion, CEF – a battalion of Black soldiers, formed in Nova Scotia, under the command of Lt. Col. Daniel H. Sutherland.