On Contact this Thursday May 31st - Aboriginal Veterans

Craven, Jim jcraven at clark.edu
Wed May 30 16:12:48 MDT 2001

As an "Aboriginal Veteran", I am not proud of--nor do I want anything
special for--my "service" to U.S. imperialism in the U.S. Army 1963-66; it
is something I'll have to atone for the rest of my life--if indeed such
atonement is even possible.

I can understand the demand for First Nations veterans fighting for parity
of rights and benefits with non-Aboriginal veterans, as a front in the fight
for First Nations Peoples rights, but I cannot see how any First Nations
person should be "proud" of service to the genocidal U.S. or Canadian State
or see such "service" as in the "spirit of the Warrior." Too many Indians
wear military "service" as some kind of badge of honor or honorable service;
I just can't understand that mentality except that war is often seen as an
avenue and venue through which--pathetically--"a nobody can become a

Jim Craven

-----Original Message-----
From: Naomi Clarke [mailto:nclarke at aptn.ca]
Sent: Wednesday, May 30, 2001 2:24 PM
To: nclarke at aptn.ca
Subject: On Contact this Thursday May 31st - Aboriginal Veterans

This week on the "best" of Contact we'll ask the question "Did Canada
discriminate against its' Aboriginal Veterans?"

Many aboriginal people enlisted in both world wars and Korea but unlike
non-aboriginal veterans, their treatment upon their return was less
than honorable. One hundred and eighty years later the battle for
recognition is still on going.

While many Aboriginals were among Canada's most decorated soldiers they
did not receive land, access to loans, or funding for education as did
other veterans.

Grand Chief Howard Anderson of the Saskatchewan First Nations Veterans'
Association, is just one group who is fighting for compensation and
recognition for our Aboriginal Veterans.

Join Contact this Thursday, on  APTN at 3 PM Eastern, Noon Pacific, also
on Thursday and Sunday at 8 PM Eastern, 5 PM Pacific.

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