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Minority Groups in WWII
Transcript of Minority Groups in WWII
Why I chose this topic
General overview of Chinese Canadian contributions
General overview of Aboriginal Canadian contributions
Specific honoured veterans
The discrimination minority groups in WWII faced
Aboriginal Canadians in WWII
Chinese Canadians in WWII
Roy S.T Chan
of Minority Groups
WHY I CHOSE THIS TOPIC
Direct relation with 2014
The efforts of minority soldiers often get overlooked
Discrimination & Hardships
Do you think that conscription should have applied to Chinese Canadians in World War 2?
If you were an Aboriginal Canadian, would you
volunteer to fight in the war? Why or why not?
Aboriginal Canadians In WWII
Chinese Canadians In WWII
Sergeant Thomas Prince
Roy S.T Chan
Canada's most decorated Aboriginal war hero
Veteran of WWII and the Korean war
Lived on Brokenhead reserve
Learned skills during teenage years
Chairman for the Manitoba Indian Association
Died at the age of 62
Awarded the military medal for bravery
Worked alongside his brothers
ROY & PAUL CHAN
Roy's team of five
Memorial Park in Winnipeg, Manitoba
Lots of aboriginals listed
Remained patriotic even after the Indian Act
The depression devastated the reserves
Were liable for conscription
Indian Affairs Branch reported that 200 status Indian soldiers died
Recruits from the Saskatchewan's File Hills community
We lined up every morning for whatever, breakfast, lunch, supper, church…. So when I entered the military this was nothing new to me, I just blended right in with it and little easier than some of the white boys who came out of the cities who had no inkling of any discipline in the military, if you will. So I was partly prepared. I left the school at the age of 16 and worked for a couple of years and … the day I turned 18, instead of going to work … in the logging industry… I went to the recruiting office and joined up.
- Lawrence Martin (Ojibway)
Minority groups felt like they had to prove themselves
Hard for Canadians to get jobs during the depression but almost impossible for minorities
Chinese-Canadians were banned from enlisting in the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Canadian Navy
Hard for Aboriginals to join the army because of low levels of education (The residential schools they were forced to attend)
More than 600 soldiers
Conscription did not apply to them
Chinese Canadians voluntarily fought
Gained the right to vote after WWII
Chinese Exclusion Act was revoked
"We thought that serving in the armed forces would be an opportunity for us to prove to the general public that we are loyal Canadians, that in time of need, they would see that we have no hesitation to don the King's uniform and go overseas to fight for our country, fight to preserve democracy."
- Sergeant Roy Mah