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Fighting in the Rivera

Type: Document

In fighting along the Cote d’Azur at the end of WW2, the Canadian officer Ralph Wilson Becket won the American Silver Star, along with Sergeant Thomas Price, the most decorated Canadian aboriginal soldier.

Site: National Defence

Records of the 4th International Colloquy on Military History (Ottawa 23.25 VIII 1978) Date of Publication: 1979

Type: Document

Introduction by W.A.B. Douglas, Director Directorate of History, Program Chairman. Articles in a variety of languages including: English, German, French, Italian, Portugese, Spanish, Russian, Greek.

Site: National Defence

The Growth of an Empire

Type: Document

Post-confederation, Canadians came to see themselves both as part of, and distinct from, the British Empire culture.

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Volunteer, Canadian Rangers, 1988

Type: Image

An Inuit volunteer with the Canadian Rangers, who have been active in the Canadian Arctic since 1947. (Canadian Department of National Defence, 88-367)

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A Commemorative History of Aboriginal People in the Canadian Military

Type: Document

This history on our Aboriginal Peoples and their contribution to Canada’s rich military heritage is the latest in a series of books prepared by the Director of History and Heritage commemorating especial military experience. Authors : P. Whitney Lackenbauer, Ph.D., R. Scott Sheffield, Ph.D., John Moses, Maxime Gohier

Site: National Defence

Canadian Rangers

Type: Document

This report describes the organization in 1947 of the Canadian Rangers as a Corps of the Reserve Militia and traces its development until the end of 1954.

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Nakoaktok warrior wearing armour made of rope, 1915

Type: Image

The Nakoaktok are a group within the Kwakiutl people. This photograph is one of a series made by American photographer Edward Curtis on the British Columbia coast in 1915. The Kwakiutl are located on northern Vancouver Island and on the Queen Charlotte Islands. (Library and Archives Canada, C-016779)

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Rejection of Volunteers

Type: Document

Canada's white-led army discriminated against recruits from visible minority groups. Aboriginals, blacks and Japanese were discouraged from joining the 'white man’s war'. However, when the manpower crisis emerged in 1917, these same communities were reluctant to volunteer when the restrictions were lifted. Only 5,100 visible minority members volunteered for service during the war.

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