A new plaque on Barrie’s waterfront honours the memory and sacrifice of the First Nation Chiefs and warriors who were allies of the British in defending Upper Canada during the War of 1812.
The Chippewas of Lakes Huron & Simcoe War of 1812 Commemoration Circle donated the plaque, which depicts the map of Upper Canada and the First Nations at the time of the War of 1812.
The plaque will be part of Barrie's new Military Heritage Park. The new park will depict, through landscapes, plant material and signage, Barrie’s military history from pre-settlement through to present day.
Recognizing the significant First Nations contributions during the War of 1812 is one way that Barrie is illustrating and educating the public on the aboriginal history and communities of the area. In the coming years, more educational plaques will be installed along the Heritage Trail and other parts of the city to honour First Nations people.
The plaque was unveiled Thursday, June 25, by Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman, Culture Liason for Chippewas of Rama First Nation Ben Cousineau, and Councillor Benson Big Canoe of Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation.
Main photo: left to right, Culture Liason for Chippewas of Rama First Nation Ben Cousineau, Councillor Benson Big Canoe of Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation and Mayor Jeff Lehman. Below: the new plaque.
Article and photos courtesy Scott LaMantia, City of Barrie.