AN HISTORIC DAY!

First Nations Peace Monument opening ceremony took place on October 7, 2017...




 
 

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About the First Nations Peace Monument

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The First Nations Peace Monument in DeCew House Heritage Park, Thorold, Ontario, is a memorial designed by world-renowned architect and human rights activist Douglas Cardinal. Located near the site where Laura Secord encountered First Nations warriors who assisted her in conveying a warning to the colonial British forces of an impending American invasion, the monument is intended to generate a deeper understanding of the heritage and ongoing history of First Nations peoples, and to illuminate the founding role they played (and continue to play) in the ever-evolving North American cultural mosaic.

Laura Secord's uneasy but extremely important interaction with First Nations warriors in her fateful encounter in Decew's Field is powerfully symbolic of the deep roots and inherent complexity of relationships amongst indigenous peoples and more recent settlers of the North American continent. It is an invitation to understand and reflect upon the divisions that extend back to our earliest days, in a spirit of respect and reconciliation.

The distinctive curvilinear design of this compelling architectural sculpture is consistent with Douglas Cardinal's iconic designs elsewhere in North America, including the Canadian Museum of History in Hull, First Nations University in Regina, and the National Museum of the American Indian at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

For more information about the First Nations Peace Monument, click here.


 
 

News Updates

2017.10.17

New Peace Monument unveiled in Decew House Heritage Park - Elizabeth Martin, Brock Press

2017.10.09

Straightening out the 'crooked good'

2017.10.08

Indigenous Monument Symbol of Ancient and Enduring Presence: Lt.-Gov. Dowdeswell

2017.10.08

First Nations Peace Monument a Hit!

2017.10.07

First Nations Peace Monument in Thorold

2017.10.01

'Stunning' First Nations Peace Monument to be unveiled Oct. 7

25.09.2017

You're invited to the unveiling of First Nations Peace Monument on Oct. 7th!

24.08.2017

Official groundbreaking for First Nations Peace Monument at Decew House Heritage Park

22.06.2017

204th Anniversary of Laura Secord's famous walk!

23.06.2016

Mayor Darte declares Laura Secord Day 2016 in Queenston

13.09.2016

Laura Secord's 241st Birthday!

08.09.2016

Queenston Post Office to celebrate Laura Secord's birthday with cancellation mark

20.06.2016

Queenston Fair on Laura Secord Day

18.06.2016

Walking, talking for Laura Secord Day

08.06.2016

Village to be beehive of activity during Queenston Fair on Laura Secord Day

20.08.2015

FLS-sponsored Monument to pay homage to 'pivotal' role of First Nations

20.06.2015

June 20th, 2015 is Laura Secord Day!

13.09.2014

Google celebrates Laura Secord's 239th birthday with Google Doodle graphic!!

21.06.2014

Laura Secord Day 2014 was a great success!

21.06.2013

H.R.H.Prince Charles sends greetings to the Friends of Laura Secord

01.05.2013

Laureen Harper joined in recreating the Laura Secord trek on its 200th anniversary

01.05.2013

Laura Secord's historic walk immortalized in wilderness trail and opera

11.04.2013

Bridge will be in place for renowned War of 1812 trek

09.04.2013

Mapping the trek of Secord's accomplishment

14.03.2013

Valerie Pringle will walk into history to commemorate Laura Secord

The Friends of Laura Secord is a not-for-profit community group dedicated to sharing the story of our best known national heroine, Laura Ingersoll Secord, whose heroic exploits contributed to the creation of the nation we now know as Canada.

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