The Best Sniper Of World War 1 - Francis Pegahmagabow

While he wasn't even considered a Canadian citizen, France Pegahmagabow had the greatest number of kills of any sniper during World War I. After the war, Pegahmagabow went on to lobby for greater rights for the members of the First Nations. An interesting video engages young historians in discussion of the role of snipers in the Great War and helps investigate discrimination against native peoples. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Offer video to class to investigate the hidden history of indigenous peoples 
  • Use the biography to show the role snipers played in World War I
Classroom Considerations

  • Part of Who Did What in World War I? video series
  • Pictures of dead soldiers may make the video inappropriate for some viewers
  • Presumes a high level of familiarity with World War I
Pros

  • The video offers a glimpse of indigenous history not covered in regular curricula
  • Pictures and excepts of primary sources pique young scholars' curiosity
Cons

  • None
Common Core