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Time Traveller: This Squamish Nation member volunteered for the Second World War at age 40

Anchil “Ducky” Mack was trained in small arms and demolition but ended up in the Canadian Forestry Corps. Nov. 8 is Indigenous Veterans Day

According to Jimmy Nahanee, Anchil “Ducky” Mack volunteered for war service on Dec. 6, 1941, at age 40. He was trained in small arms and demolition but served in the Canadian Forestry Corps in Glasgow.

The Canadian Forestry Corps produced railway ties, logs for building roads and timbers for major fortifications. Mack received the Canadian Service Medal with Class and the War Medal 1945.

He was one of the oldest Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) members to volunteer for service in the Second World War. Here, Mack (middle) is pictured as part of the Squamish BC Senior B Baseball championship team in 1929. Nov. 8 is Indigenous Veterans Day. 

Correction: Anchil "Ducky" Mack was incorrectly identified in archival information provided to the North Shore News. This post has been updated to feature the correct photo of Mack. 

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