During the War of 1812 First Nations warriors served as strategic and vital allies of the British, providing some 10 000 men to the conflict. Effective as both defenders and combatants First Nations warriors earned a reputation as fierce combatants with their aggressive resistance to the encroachment upon their traditional lands.
Without their support certainly Ontario and most likely Quebec and all of then-British North America would not exist today. First Nations played enormously important roles in gathering intelligence, harassing the enemy supply systems and fought at most battles throughout the war including the decisive battles of Queenston Heights, Beaver Dams, Stoney Creek, Cryslers Farm, Chateaugay and the retaking of Fort George.
We salute the courageous First Nations from our area who 200 years ago rose to the challenge to defend their homelands which some 50 years later would become Canada. And we celebrate the 200 years of peaceful co-existence between our two neighbouring nations as we make our way forward into the 21st century.
In celebration of this enormous contribution, please join us Friday, June 22 from 7:00-8:30 PM when we open our newest exhibit Native Contributions to the War of 1812, which highlights those many important contributions made by First Nations Allies.
After the exhibit has been unveiled our curator will be on hand to answer questions and light refreshments will be served. Admission is by donation only as well as a non-perishable food item.