Minister Duncan Congratulates First Nations and Métis Communities Recognized for their War of 1812 Contributions

Ottawa, Ontario – The Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development attended the National Recognition Ceremony for First Nations and Métis communities with a heritage linked to the War of 1812 held today at Rideau Hall.

“Today we commemorate the brave actions of Aboriginal warriors during the War of 1812,” said Minister Duncan.”The War of 1812 represents a defining moment in Canada’s history. Without the contribution of Aboriginal allies, Canada could not have been successfully defended.”

The banner design is based on the red and white of the Canadian Flag, with the anchor, crossed swords, and war hatchets symbolizing that fighting in the service of the Crown Crown took place on land, at sea, and on theGreat Lakesin concert with our Aboriginal allies.

At the National Recognition Ceremony 48 First Nations and Métis communities with a heritage linked to the War of 1812 were presented with commemorative War of 1812 banners and medals by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, accompanied by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

The solid silvier 7.5cm medal was produced by the Royal Canadian Mint; has an effigy of Her Majesty The Queen on the obverse, and the banner image on the reverse.

At the end of the War of 1812, Aboriginal allies who had fought alongside British and Canadian forces received military flags and medals. While the flags were generally awarded by the British Army, ‘King George III medals’ were issued by British authorities as symbolic acts of gratitude and recognition to the Crown’s Aboriginal allies. This long-standing tradition is being continued today with the presentation of the Canadian Forces War of 1812 Commemorative Banner and the Commemorative War of 1812 Medal for Aboriginal Canadians (see inset pictures).

“I would like to congratulate Mississaugas of the New Credit on being recognized for their efforts during the war of 1812,” said local Member of Parliament Diane Finley.  “The bravery shown and sacrifices made by First Nation and Metis communities were contributing factors in shaping Canada into the country it is today.”

In addition to highlighting Aboriginal Contributions to the War of 1812, this recognition ceremony also helps to mark the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812, an important milestone in the lead-up to the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation in 2017.More information on events and activities to commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812 are available at 1812.gc.ca.

 

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This statement is also available on the Internet at www.aandc.gc.ca.

 

For more information, please contact: 

Minister’s Office
Jan O’Driscoll
Press Secretary
Office of the Hon. John Duncan
819-997-0002