Canadian Military History Gateway
Organization > National Defence
Subject > Soldiers, Warriors and Leaders > Population Groups > First Nations
Date > 1900
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.
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.
Post-confederation, Canadians came to see themselves both as part of, and distinct from, the British Empire culture.
An Inuit volunteer with the Canadian Rangers, who have been active in the Canadian Arctic since 1947. (Canadian Department of National Defence, 88-367)
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
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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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)
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.