How Indigenous Runner Tom Longboat Trailblazed His Way To Legendary Status – The Link
March 7, 2023
No Dream Seemed Too Big for the Small-Town Marathoner
Nicknamed “The Bulldog of Brittania,” Tom Longboat’s incredible story of beating the odds and silencing critics has made him unforgettable in Indigenous history.
Named “Cogwagee” at birth, Tom Longboat was an Indigenous Olympic athlete and later became a Canadian Expeditionary Force soldier whose achievements will have him forever remembered as a pioneer for his community.
Born in 1886 to an Iroquois family in Ontario, he was raised on a farm with his brother and sister before being forced, like many other Indigenous children at the time, into the residential school system.
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