However, in 1917, the Canadian government chose to enforce conscription, or mandatory military service. Native communities reacted very quickly to this news, writing to the government with letters noting that Aboriginals still did not have rights of citizens and should therefore be exempt from conscription. Finally, in January 1918, the cabinet passed an order-in-council absolving Aboriginals from compulsory enlistment. At the beginning of the Great War, Aboriginals were not accepted by the Canadian government for military service, but the Canadian leaders soon came to realize that native men would be a great addition to the service. Regardless of the controversy with enlistment, Aboriginals contributed unexpectedly large numbers of men to fight with Canada during Worl... ... middle of paper ... ...e First World War commenced, Aboriginals were not treated as citizens of Canada and were forbidden from enlisting in the military.
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