The CF prides itself on being a national institution that reflects and promotes the values of a diverse country. This includes Canada’s Aboriginal peoples, who have a proud history and tradition of military service extending from the colonial period, through the world wars, to contemporary operations. These historical and contemporary relationships are seldom explored beyond the narrow confines of our own national experience. Yet there have been, and continue to be, parallels in other indigenous populations with a track record of military service. The chapters in this pioneering volume contribute to cross-cultural awareness by offering a critical, comparative approach to understanding Aboriginal peoples’ military service in Canada and around the world. — Adapted from the Foreword by Lieutenant-General Andrew B. Leslie.
P. Whitney Lackenbauer, Craig Mantle and Scott Sheffield (eds). Aboriginal Peoples and Military Participation: Canadian and International Perspectives (Canadian Defence Academy Press, 2007).