FIRST NATIONS PEACE MONUMENT A HIT
In DeCew House Heritage Park on Saturday, the Friends of Laura Secord dedicated the First Nations Peace Monument, a project they’d been working on for several years. The group, headed by Laura Secord descendant Caroline McCormick, raised the money for the project and oversaw its construction in the park in part to commemorate the First Nations act of bringing Laura to Lieutenant Fitzgibbon at DeCew House to warn him of impending American attack. It’s also a symbolism of Canada’s national Reconciliation process with First Nations peoples.
After some interesting and at times moving presentations from First Nations speakers and less interesting ones from politicians, the sizeable crowd lined up to perform the cleansing by sweet grass smoke inside of the monument before taking a hand of dirt from a wheelbarrow for spreading beneath the newly-planted white pine, the Haudenosaunee tree of peace.
Source: thoroldcrier.com, Article by Tony Vandermaas, Thorold Town Crier