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Queenston Heights Park, Niagara-on-the-Lake

Valour and Victory: Indigenous Veterans Day

Valour & Victory honours the contributions and sacrifices made by Six Nations and Native Allies during the Battle of Queenston Heights and the War of 1812 in support of their British and Canadian compatriots.
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Valour and Victory: Indigenous Veterans Day

November 5, 2022 · 1:00 p.m.

Valour & Victory honours the contributions and sacrifices made by Six Nations and Native Allies during the Battle of Queenston Heights and the War of 1812 in support of their British and Canadian compatriots. This annual memorial and reconciliation service remembers Indigenous soldiers who, through courage, strength and peacemaking, helped secure victory at pivotal events throughout the War of 1812 to secure freedom for all Canadians.

Event Program

Attendees are asked to gather at the entrance to the Landscape of Nations memorial at Queenston Heights Park by 1:00 p.m. for the start of the ceremony.

Greetings: Travis Hill

Traditional Greeting: Karl Dockstader

Welcome from Niagara Parks: April Jeffs

Remarks: Tim Johnson

Historical Address: Richard Merritt

Honour Song: Phil Davis

Moment of Silence

Laying of Wreaths

Tobacco Ceremony

Sacred Fire: Brian Kon, Fire Keeper

A soldier directing another soldier for the War of 1812

War of 1812

The Battle of Queenston Heights was the first major battle of the War of 1812. It marked an essential moment in the emergence of a fledgling country whose borders and character were being tested and defined. It was during this battle that Indigenous Allies pinned down an overwhelming force of the American army, allowing the British and Canadians to counterattack and regain the Heights.

Battle of Queenston Heights

The Battle of Queenston Heights was the first major battle of the War of 1812. It marked an essential moment in the emergence of a fledgling country whose borders and character were being tested and defined. It was during this battle that Indigenous Allies pinned down an overwhelming force of the American army, allowing the British and Canadians to counterattack and regain the Heights.

The Battle of Queenston Heights Circular Flower Bed
A Statue of John Brant, Landscape of Nations

Landscape of Nations

The Landscape of Nations Memorial is dedicated to the Haudenosaunee (Six Nations) Confederacy and Indigenous Allies that participated in the War of 1812. Limestones from the Queenston Quarry represent each nation of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy in a sunburst pattern. Abenakis, Delaware and nations from the north are also honoured in the memorial. The Landscape of Nations Memorial affirms the proper place of First Nations peoples at the core of Canadian history and signals their ongoing role in contemporary life and national affairs.

Haudenosaunee Reconciliation

Valour & Victory also recognizes the historic entreaty of peace and reconciliation made at Niagara on August 31 and September 1, 1815, between the Haudenosaunee of the Grand River and those of New York that became American Allies. The War of 1812 witnessed a civil war among the nations of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy fighting on both sides of the conflict. At this solemn service to mark National Indigenous Veterans Day, we remember the fallen, the dedicated and the peacemakers whose valiant efforts forged a lasting peace.

A pavement turtle drawing at the Landscape of Nations