Indian Chief Considers Military Act Unfair (1918) | Surnames: Delisle, Scar Face Bear, White Cloud
At Meeting of Tribe in Montreal Chief Delisle Tells of Indians’ Services to the Dominion
Montreal, May 26.-
Claiming that, as the Indians had no right to vote, they should not be forced to fight under the Military Service Act, Chief Delisle said at a picnic and gathering of the tribe in the ground of Chief White Cloud at Caughnawaga yesterday that he had given up much of his time to prevent the application of the act to the Indians. The chief went on to point out that eight thousand of the 110,000 Indians in Canada had gone to fight the Germans voluntarily. He claimed that the Indians were an unconquerable people with whom the government had made treaties, and stated that he had seen the central appeal judge of the Military Service Act in order to see that justice was done his people.
Indians and a sprinkling of white people gathered at Caughnawaga for the Empire Day festival. The performances were inaugurated by a great welcome dance, while Chief Scar Face Bear beat the war drum. Chief Delisle hopes to develop a council for all Indians, who will form a federation to defend their rights.
Source: The Toronto World, May 27th, 1918
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