Archive/File: pub/people/s/scott.charles/press/military-thanks.0395 Last-Modified: 1995/03/23 Source: Jewish Western Bulletin, March 23, 1995, p. 5 A prominent member of a Chilliwack-based racist group received a thank-you letter from the Canadian military for his participation in a two-hour demonstration of unarmed training, while an unidentified man accompanying him received a thank-you plaque. Charles Scott, a member of what he calls the "newly-appointed Canadian Aryan Nations headquarters" has been involved in training demonstrations with at least one Canadian army company - Vancouver's 12th Medical Co. Cpt. Dan Thomas, public affairs officer for B.C. district of Canadian Forces, told _The Bulletin_ that the commanding officer at the time of the Jan. 16, 1992 demonstration remembers sending a letter to thank Scott for his participation. Thomas stressed, however, that the letter was sent at Scott's request and that the military "emphatically denies any charges that it knew of Scott's racist views." However, when asked by _JWB_ to produce the letter, the military could not. As well, the military has no records of the demonstration or the identity of the "mystery" man accompanying Scott, although there has been some suggestion that the man was a former Royal Marine. Also strange, according to Cpt. Thomas, is that nobody he's spoken to who attended the Vancouver demonstration can remember a video being shot. Scott recently released a video to the media showing his participation in leading a martial arts demonstration. While the military called it a "demonstration of unarmed training," according to media reports, the video clearly shows that weapons, whether real or not, were used during the demonstration. David Lethbridge, founder and director of Salmon Arm Coalition Against Racism (SACAR), told JWB he feels this is not an isolated event. "Scott himself maintains that it isn't ... In the U.S. and Canada we know that white supremacists are joining the armed forces to get weapons training and they've been encouraged to do so by [groups like] the Heritage Front." There are no records with Canadian forces in Alberta that support Scott's claim, reported in local media, that he has been involved in training demonstrations in other provinces. Scott was born in Alberta and continues to maintain links with the province. Canadian Jewish Congress community relations committee chair Michael Elterman said, "Authorities should be concerned mainly because his [Scott's] recruitment is amongst the youth and there's certainly enough disaffected youth in the Fraser Valley where he's trying to recruit. He's trying to create a white supremacist youth gang [which] could be very dangerous. "The Aryan Nations is not just a Jewish problem, it's a community problem ... and the citizens of Chilliwack and that area need to be concerned about the type of people this organization attracts," Elterman stressed.
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