Author Topic: Callaghan, W. (2014) “Standing on Guard – For Who?" (CASCA 2014 presentation)  (Read 1604 times)

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Callaghan, W. (2014) “Standing on Guard – For Who?: The Betrayal and Retraumatization of the Canadian Veteran”, paper presented at CASCA 2014 (Canadian Anthropology Society), 30 April – 3 May 2014, York University, Toronto ON Canada.

Abstract: Ever since the First World War, a social covenant has been understood to exist between Canada and her soldiers: the latter being willing to lay down their lives with the understanding that they and/or their families would be taken care of by the nation should they be injured or killed, or in their old age.  Recent actions of the Harper Government have challenged the existence of this social covenant through the perceived disrespect demonstrated by Minister Fantino (Veterans Affairs), including his attempted bullying of an elderly veteran, and through direct comments made in preliminary hearings at a proposed Class-Action lawsuit by veterans against the government.  In the wake of these and other events, the veterans that I have worked with over the past few years began voicing a sense of betrayal and retraumatization, culminating with the question: what do the words “We Stand On Guard For Thee” really mean?

The full text of this presentation, with the associated slides, can be found at the following link: