A new book is out by Timothy C. Winegard (For King and Kanata: Canadian Indians and the First World War) that looks at the critical role Canada’s First Nations people played in the first great war. Winegard, a veteran of the Canadian Forces, has written a powerful book that was long overdue.
As Canada’s History notes in its review here, “at the core of the book is the question of why First Peoples would fight in a war overseas when they were so poorly treated at home, without full democratic rights, marginalized on reserves, and victimized as wards of the state. While there are some powerful testimonials of First Peoples who refused to take up arms, Winegard highlights the long history of First Peoples warriors supporting the Crown in war stretching back to the eighteenth century. Many sought recognition and rights through their service and sacrifice.”
One of the top snipers mentioned in the book is my step-father’s grandfather, Johnson Paudash. I wrote about him here three years ago.