Friday, November 11, 2005

Remembering Indigenous Veterans

Thousands of Indigenous men and women have served in the Canadian and American Militaries. I don't know nearly enough about their contributions but I have heard that Indians serving in the first and second world wars endured disproportionately high casualty rates (due to the relative danger of thier missions). And of course most people know that Indigenous veterans lost their Indian status and were not afforded the same considerations as non-Indigenous veterans upon returning home.

One day a year is not nearly enough but I believe it is important to pay respect to the sacrifices they made. You will notice that I did not finish that last sentence with something like, "to serve their country." Ironically, that is as political as I'm going to get today.

"War is the continuation of policy (politics) by other means."
- Karl von Clausewitz

3 Comments:

At 11:33 PM, Blogger Doris said...

It does not surprize me. Ask yourself has anything really changed? Now they don't come right out and murder you like the past they send you to war so you can be murdered but if you survive they strip you of your rights as a person who was here first protecting a land that the Great Spirit gave all men to live in peace on.

 
At 12:32 PM, Blogger Syey'u from Valdes said...

There is a day set aside for honoring Aboriginal Veterans that is different from Rememberance Day - I believe it is on Nov. 7th.

Some of our elders have shared some stories with us. The most vivid story for me is...when they came home from war they were given 'Candian Citizenship' which meant they were able to go to public places. One Elder shared that he went to take his little brother to the movies because he was now able to go due to his 'Canadian Citizenship'. When they went to pay to go in he had to show his papers and they would allow him to go in due to his papers but not his little brother as he was not a 'Canadian Citizen'.

Anyways below is a few links that you may find interesting:

http://www.turtleisland.org/news/news-veterans.htm

http://www.cbc.ca/story/world/national/2005/10/30/jean-cbc051030.html

 
At 1:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chuney' ey skway chul nu scha cha
Hello, good day my friends.
I have mixed feeling about our people and the canadian military. My grandpa fought in the 2nd world war, he was not given any recognition for fighting for the state. Yes they were warriors of the colonized state, but i am more interested in the warriors that have fought for our political rights in our own lands, why is there not a day to acknowledge the hundreds of years of rebellion against the state of canada. To me there are the warriors battling against the onslaught of neo colonialism. I am not sure why i feel that when our people join the forces they are betraying their own communities. Perhaps it is the long standing history of the canadian state using the armed forces at indigenous protest. Would you stand with your people or would you stand as a reprentative of the colonial state?
food for thought
hay sxw qa nu scha cha
Bradley

 

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