The Red Man's on the Warpath: The Image of the Indian and the Second World War

During the Second World War, thousands of First Nations people joined in the national crusade to defend freedom and democracy. High rates of Native enlistment and public demonstrations of patriotism encouraged Canadians to re-examine the roles and status of Native people in Canadian society. The Red Man's on the Warpath explores how wartime symbolism and imagery propelled the Indian problem onto the national agenda, and why assimilation remained the goal of post-war Canadian Indian policy -- even though the war required that it be rationalized in new ways.