Set to take place at Queenston Heights on the grounds of the Landscape of Nations memorial, Niagara Parks will host The Gathering, a public commemorative event on Saturday, June 24, honouring our shared history and celebrating the culture of Indigenous Peoples.
From 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., guests are invited to gather at the Landscape of Nations memorial to renew a very old tradition on Queenston Heights, the polishing of our Silver Covenant alliance with First Nations peoples. Illuminating guest speakers comprising local Indigenous representatives will speak to the rich culture, history and art that define Indigenous communities. The Gathering will also be a tribute to National Aboriginal Day (re-named National Indigenous Peoples Day), which was celebrated across Canada from coast to coast on Wednesday, June 21.
Landscape of Nations, a moving public artwork of deep meaning that was unveiled in October 2016 on the grounds of the historic battle of Queenston Heights, acts as an official recognition of the critically important contributions of Indigenous Peoples during Canada’s formative years, and particularly during the War of 1812. The memorial is also a symbol of our collective history and friendship with Indigenous communities, which will be celebrated at The Gathering.