OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 25, 2012) - 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."
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.
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.
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 www.1812.gc.ca.
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