This is the ceremonial headdress of Corporal Francis Pegahmagabow, the most decorated Indigenous soldier in Canadian history. Following the First World War, he would serve his people as a councillor and chief, and then at the national level.
One of the last to die in World War One, and certainly the last Canadian soldier, was Private George Price.
Canada had gone to war from the start, and the cost was staggering. 66 000 dead (over one in ten of those who enlisted), with far more wounded.
Memorializing them happened in stained glass windows, cenotaphs, and gravestones.
From one global war to the next. The failure to resolve the First World War created the conditions for the Second World War. In Europe and Asia tyrants rose to power in Germany, Italy, and Japan, unchecked by the rest of the world. This car starts off the Second World War gallery in the museum, and once belonged to Hitler. Captured by American soldiers at the end of the war, it ended up here.