​​Niagara Parks to Host Annual Valour and Victory Ceremony to Honour Indigenous Veterans​

October 24, 2023

Niagara Parks

  • Public ceremony to be held at the Landscape of Nations Memorial in Queenston Heights Park 
  • Recognizing the contributions and sacrifices made by Six Nations and Native Allies who helped secure victory at the Battle of Queenston Heights during the War of 1812 

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON In honour of National Indigenous Veterans Day, Niagara Parks will host the fifth annual Valour & Victory, a public ceremony held at the Landscape of Nations Memorial in Queenston Heights Park on Saturday, November 4, 2023, at 1 p.m.    

This year’s event commemorates the seventh anniversary of the unveiling of the Landscape of Nations Memorial in 2016, marking a significant milestone for its presence in Niagara. The number seven is symbolic in Haudenosaunee culture and is reflected in the Landscape of Nations memorial, with seven steel arches symbolizing a longhouse, and seven earthen mounds representing nature and signifying the Indigenous nations involved in the Battle of Queenston Heights and the War of 1812. 

The service will include remarks from Tim Johnson, Senior Advisor, Heritage and Legacy at Niagara Parks, who co-chaired the Working Group responsible for the Landscape of Nations memorial, alongside Dr. Richard Merritt. The Historical Address will be delivered by Historian and Six Nations lawyer Paul Williams, who spoke at the original ground-breaking ceremony for the memorial in 2015. In addition to formal remarks, the event will include an Honour Song by Phil Davis, Longstanding Cultural Community Member, wreath laying, and traditional honouring held around a ceremonial fire. 

This event aligns with Niagara Parks’ ongoing commitment to reconciliation, education, and the preservation of Indigenous history throughout the entire 56-kilometre Niagara River corridor.  

Explore the Niagara 

Discover even more of Niagara’s rich heritage and legacy of Indigenous life, culture and community all along the 56-kilometre Niagara River corridor. From Fort Erie to Niagara-on-the-Lake, Explore the Niagara is a collaborative initiative between Niagara Parks, the Town of Fort Erie, the City of Niagara Falls, the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake and Parks Canada, to share the stories and experiences that set this region apart, spanning themes of Indigenous connections, Black history, nation building, nature and outdoor living. To learn more, visit niagaraparks.com/exploretheniagara 

For more information about the Valour & Victory: Honouring Indigenous Veterans ceremony, visit niagaraparks.com/valour

Niagara Parks

Niagara Parks

The Niagara Parks Commission is committed to a vision of Ontario’s Niagara Parks as one that Preserves a rich heritage, Conserves natural wonders, and Inspires people world-wide. Founded in 1885, The Niagara Parks Commission is an Operational Enterprise Agency of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Its mission is to protect the natural and cultural heritage along the Niagara River for the enjoyment of visitors while maintaining financial self-sufficiency.