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The Congo and Cyprus Emergencies

Type: Document

The early sixties would see Canadians deployed in smaller numbers, and in new roles, on United Nations missions. Canadians were deployed as communications specialists in the Congo, because they spoke both English and French. Troops were also sent as peacekeepers to Cyprus, and remained in that role for almost 30 years.

Site: National Defence

Canada and Peacekeeping Operations - The Congo, 1960-64

Type: Document

If the French colonies could have independence, the Congolese asked, why not us? Riots erupted in Leopoldville, Congo in January 1959. The bloodshed of January immediately aroused fears that the Congo might become a Belgian Algeria. Prime Minister Diefenbaker announced the Canadian contribution to the Congo force on the 30 July, and on 1 August parliamentary approval was given to the government's resolution authorizing the contribution.

Site: National Defence

Van Doos: Rescue in the Jungle

Type: Sound

Sergeant Leo Lessard of the Royal 22nd Regiment recalls a daring helicopter rescue mission that saved two nuns from rebel soldiers in the Congo.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Canadian observers, U.N. Operation in the Congo (ONUC), 1961

Type: Image

These Canadians are on the roof of the building that served as United Nations Forces HQ in Leopoldville/Kinshasa, Congo/Zaire, 1961. (Canadian Department of National Defence, ZK-1905)

Site: National Defence