Valour & Victory: Honouring Indigenous Veterans

October 26, 2022

Holly Goertzen

  • Annual ceremony to be held at Landscape of Nations Memorial in Queenston Heights Park on November 5, in honour of National Indigenous Veterans Day

Queenston, ON – On Saturday, November 5 at 1 p.m., a memorial ceremony will be held in honour of National Indigenous Veterans Day, at the Landscape of Nations Memorial in Queenston Heights Park. This annual event recognizes the contributions and sacrifices made by Six Nations and Native Allies, that helped to secure victory at the Battle of Queenston Heights, during the War of 1812.

This year marks the sixth anniversary of the unveiling of the Landscape of Nations: The Six Nations and Native Allies Commemorative Memorial. The transformative permanent public art display, which has served as the venue for this annual ceremony for the past four years. This year’s event includes remarks from local Indigenous leaders, including Tim Johnson, who led in the design and development of the memorial, along with the creation of the Valour & Victory event. Tim is currently the Senior Advisor of Heritage and Legacy at Niagara Parks. In addition to formal remarks, the event will include a wreath laying and traditional tobacco ceremony held around the sacred fire.

All are welcome to attend the service, in remembrance of the fallen, the dedicated, and the faith keepers, whose valiant efforts forged a lasting peace. Those who visit the memorial are encouraged to reflect, not only on the historic contributions made by Indigenous peoples, but also on the experiences of Indigenous peoples today and the meaning of truth and reconciliation.

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Indigenous Connections in Niagara

The land along the Niagara River has been recognized as a spiritual place with rich ties to Indigenous history and culture for many generations, and Indigenous peoples have lived along the shores between Lake Erie to Lake Ontario for more than 13,000 years.

This protected Crownland on which Niagara Parks now sits was established by treaties dating back to the 1700s. The mandate to make Niagara Parks free and accessible to the public, can also find its origins in the original intent of those treaties. Niagara Parks remains committed to making the promise of Truth and Reconciliation real in its community. Learn more