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War of 1812 - Aboriginal Perspective Tour

Left top: The monument at the site of the Battle of Beaverdams with the Canadian, British, Iroquois, and American flags waving in the background. Left bottom: Looking down on the Battlefield site and the Battlefield House Museum at the site of the Battle of Stoney Creek. Right top: The Battle of Lundy's Lane monument rests among the graves, guarded by cannons. Right middle: The entrance to Chippawa Battlefield Park where visitors can begin their self-guided walking tour of the Battlegrounds. Right bottom: A Tribute to two underrated heroes of the War of 1812 - Tecumseh and John Norton. Both were integral in influencing First Nation warriors to participate in the war. Photos: [Erin Duffy].

General Information

When the United States declared war on Great Britain on June 19, 1812, both sides sought out the assistance of their Aboriginal neighbors. While the Six Nations communities in the United States chose to remain neutral, many Aboriginal populations in Canada chose to fight alongside the British in order to prevent American expansion. Many sources claim that without Aboriginal assistance, Canada would be much different than it is today. Even still, their participation is sometimes forgotten. This self-guided tour will take you to some of the most historically significant areas in the Niagara Region while sharing the story of the unsung heroes of the War of 1812 – The Aboriginal people. Many of the battles of the Niagara Campaign, which took place between 1812 and 1814, were fought in this region. Each of the points of interest that you will be directed to holds a piece of Aboriginal history. You will learn not only about their involvement in battle, but also the attitudes and emotions that many warriors were experiencing during this time period.


Points of interest on the tour include:


Battle of Queenston Heights 

Battle of Beaver Dams 

Battle of Stoney Creek 

Battle of Chippawa 

Battle of Lundy's Lane  



Tour Itinerary and Map:
War of 1812 from the Aboriginal Perpsective Itinerary and Map



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War of 1812 Aboriginal Perspectives Tour
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Latitude 43.160338
Longitude -79.051749
The STARTING POINT of this tour is at the location shown on the small map (left)

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