The War of 1812 Committee of Georgina Island, Christian Island and Rama First Nations, formed to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the War, has received support from the Canadian government.
The Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation and their neighbours the Christian Island and Rama First Nations are the descendants of the Lake Simcoe Ojibwe who fought with the British and Canadian militia at the Battle of York and other locations in the War of 1812. Under the leadership of the Chippewas of Georgina, the groups have created a War of 1812 Committee to commemorate the participation of First Nations in the War.
Local schools like Georgina Island Public School, will be organizing a stamp design competition in which students will be invited to submit designs that recognize the important contributions of First Nations' in the War. One thousand stamps will then be distributed at locally and three commemorative plaques will be designed and erected to honour members’ participation.
“These activities will help ensure that the 1812 commemoration has a meaningful impact for the descendants of the First Nations allies that fought at the Battle of York,” said Peter Van Loan, Member of Parliament York–Simcoe. “We are pleased to provide opportunities to learn more about our heritage and to honour those who helped defend our country in a time of crisis.”
“Our Government is proud to invest in projects that contribute to our collective identity and define who we are as Canadians,” said James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage. “On the road to Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017, let us celebrate all the things that make Canada the united, strong, and free country we are today.”