September 29 1942. Mary Greyeyes-Reid (1920-2011) a Cree from the Muskeg Lake Reservation, was the first of only 25 Native Canadian women to join the Canadian Women's Army Corps in World War Two. On September 29 1942, Mary was blessed by her chief in a field of tall buffalo grass, before she left for service. Mary served in Canada and England, but was discriminated by her fellow barrack-mates. While stationed in Aldershot, England, she was a cook and did laundry at the base.
According to her daughter-in-law, Melanie Fahlman Reid, Mary was offered a new uniform and lunch if she would pose for a photo that was set up by her sergeant and two Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers. Melanie also claims the chief is Harry Bull who was the councilor for the reserve but was not a chief till years later, and never met Mary.