No. 2 Construction Battalion

In 1917, the brave men of No. 2 Construction Battalion left Halifax to deploy overseas in support of Canada’s war efforts. Over 600 soldiers from across Canada and as far as the West Indies showed unrelenting courage and perseverance to enlist and serve their country in the face of racism, prejudice and hate.  Despite their sacrifices, when they returned home, they were denied recognition and a community was denied its heroes.

On Sunday, March 28th, 2021, 104 years after the No. 2 Construction Battalion deployed overseas, the Canadian Minister of National Defence, the Honorable Harjit S. Sajjan, announced that Canada would apologize for the treatment that the men in this Battalion faced. An apology for the racism and discrimination they endured before, during, and long after their service to Canada. The apology will come in July 2022 after meaningful consultation with their descendants and the Black community.

The Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia is leading consultation efforts and the formation of advisory groups to guide the way towards a meaningful apology event. For more information on the Battalion history, events leading up to the July 2022 apology, to identify yourself as a descendent and/or take part in consultations and advisory groups please visit:

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