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How Indigenous Runner Tom Longboat Trailblazed His Way To Legendary Status – The Link

by ahnationtalk on March 7, 202389 Views

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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