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For King and Kanata

Canadian Indians and the First World War

by Timothy C. Winegard

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The first comprehensive history of the Aboriginal First World War experience on the battlefield and the home front.When the call to arms was heard at the outbreak of the First World War, Canada’s First Nations pledged their men and money to the Crown to honour their long-standing tradition of forming military alliances with Europeans during times of war, and as a means of resisting cultural assimilation and attaining equality through shared service and sacrifice. Initially, the Canadian government rejected these offers based on the belief that status Indians were unsuited to modern, civilized warfare. But in 1915, Britain intervened and demanded Canada actively recruit Indian soldiers to meet the incessant need for manpower. Thus began the complicated relationships between the Imperial Colonial and War Offices, the Department of Indian Affairs, and the Ministry of Militia that would affect every aspect of the war experience for Canada’s Aboriginal soldiers.In his groundbreaking new book, For King and Kanata,Timothy C. Winegard reveals how national and international forces directly influenced the more than 4,000 status Indians who voluntarily served in the Canadian Expeditionary Force between 1914 and 1919—a per capita percentage equal to that of Euro-Canadians—and how subsequent administrative policies profoundly affected their experiences at home, on the battlefield, and as returning veterans.

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"_For King and Kanata_ is written in a lively prose that produces a highly readable narrative. Much more than just a good read, however, this study rests on an excellent foundation of primary research. Winegard is a meticulous researcher, not only in the diffuse Canadian material but also in British imperial records of the Great War."

— Canadian Historical Review

"Winegard patiently weaves scholarship with a narrative of courage, loyalty, and distinction which compels all of us to recognize what has been an injustice of omission in the annals of war."

— Western News

"_For King and Kanata_ should be considered a must-read for anyone interested in Canadian military history or the history of federal-Aboriginal relations. It brings to light a forgotten part of the Canadian military's history. And it brings into focus the contributions that Aboriginal communities have made and continue to make to this country."

— The Canadian Army Journal

“In the extremely well-written and thoroughly researched For King and Kanata, Timothy Winegard investigates the intricate relationship between First Nations people, the Canadian government and the British imperial ministries.”

— canadianmilitaryhistory.ca

“Undoubtedly, the greatest strength of this book is its transnational focus. Using extensive materials from the Imperial and Canadian archives, and referencing Indigenous military involvement in other Imperial colonies, Winegard is able to situate Canadian First Nations’ activities within the complex narrative of Empire, adding depth and dimension to our understanding of the war effort.”

— BC Studies

"Winegard patiently weaves scholarship with a narrative of courage, loyalty, and distinction which compels all of us to recognize what has been an injustice of omission in the annals of war."

— Western News

"_For King and Kanata_ is the new standard history by which to understand Canada’s First Peoples and the Great War. Through this book, Winegard has become an important new historian in the ranks of Great War and First Peoples scholars."

— Canada's History

"In addition to its value to the emerging field of Aboriginal military history, _For King and Kanata_ is useful for those studying the First World War, bureaucracy and the Canadian state, and the relationship between late nineteenth-century ideology and governance."

— H Net Canada

"A welcome addition to the historiography. In a style both engaging and accessible, Winegard tells the individual and collective stories of those Indian men who enlisted to fight for the Crown."

— Great Plains Quarterly

"_For King and Kanata_ is a fascinating and sobering account of Canada's native Indian people during the Great War, the pre-war events and treaties which influenced and affected them and the disturbing post-war consequences of their support for Great Britain and its King."

— Stand To! Magazine

“For King and Kanata is an important addition to the burgeoning field of indigenous military history in Canada. Winegard has produced a book that will be the first stop for any person interested in learning about First Nations peoples’ roles and experiences in the Great War.”

— Literary Review of Canada

"A unique story of racism, valor, and the advancement of minorities, _For King and Kanata_ is a strongly recommended read for any assortment focusing on the First Nations or Canadian military history."

— Midwest Book Review

"The role of Canadian Indians in the Great War has been treated before, but never so thoroughly as by Winegard. Well researched and well written, a most useful study."

— Choice

"Winegard enhances our understanding of Indian participation in World War I specifically, as well as the history of Native-newcomer relations in North America more broadly. [...] A versatile resource in the expansive field of indigenous studies."

— Pacific Northwest Quarterly

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For King and Kanata: Canadian Indians and the First World War

Based on the author’s doctoral dissertation, this book discusses Canadian First Nations’ participation in World War I. Initially the Canadian government believed Aboriginals to be unsuited to modern warfare. Great Britain, however, demanded that Canada actively recruit Indian soldiers. For King and Kanata explains how national and international influences factored into the service of more than 4,000 status Indians as volunteers in the Canadian Expeditionary Force between 1914 and 1919. This per capita percentage was equal to that of Canadians of European descent. Despite an underlying tone glorifying war, this book is an important reference for further study of Aboriginal peoples in the 20th century.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools. 2012-2013.

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