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The federal government of Canada said it will officially formalize an apology for the racist treatment of members of Canada’s only black military unit, which served in the First World War, in person next year. Members of the No. 2 Construction Battalion, formed in Pictou, N.S. in 1916, were turned away from the Canadian Expeditionary Force because they were black, and after years of fighting for the right to serve, were given non-combat support roles overseas. Deployed to France in 1917, they built roads, railways and bridges, ensuring lumber could be transported where it was needed.

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