Virtual Book Launch for The Hawk and the Hare
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Virtual Book Launch for The Hawk and the Hare

New Saskatchewan Book Commemorates Indigenous Soldiers

On Sunday, June 21, on National Indigenous Peoples Day, author Janet Love Morrison will launch The Hawk and the Hare, from 10:00-11:00 CDT via Crowdcast.

The book is a fictionalized account of the friendship between her father, raised on a Saskatchewan farm, and an Indigenous soldier. Both men served as infantry scouts during the Second World War and saw action during the Battle of Caen, the march across Normandy and the Battle of the Scheldt.

All of the incidents described are drawn from official historical records, contemporary accounts and the experience of the author’s father. Chief Warrant Officer Joel Pedersen, Regimental Sergeant Major of the 38 Canadian Brigade Group Battle School, and one of only two First Nation CWOs in combat arms, provided valuable technical and cultural insights. The author, who teaches English on the Cote First Nation Reserve, travelled from Newhaven, UK, to Aurich, Germany, for her research and met with both historians and serving members of the Canadian Armed Forces.

In addition to readings, photos and a Q&A session, the launch will include remarks from Jonas Cote, principal of Chief Gabriel Cote Education Complex, CWO Pedersen, Colonel Gwen Bourque, the army’s highest-ranking officer in Saskatchewan, and Grand Chief Steven Ross, President of the Saskatchewan First Nations Veterans Association.

“I’m delighted to have this opportunity to celebrate the friendships between ordinary soldiers of such diverse backgrounds,” said Morrison. “My father always maintained that the additional skills he learned from his Indigenous friend helped keep him alive when so many others died.”

Signed copies of the book will be available through McNally Robinson Saskatoon. Books can be purchased nationally from any bookseller and the e-book version is available on Amazon.