Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Queenston Heights' Second Memorial

In distinct and pointed contrast to the Imperial British grandiosity of Brock's Monument, First Nations people have erected their own Memorial right at its base to honour their warriors of the Battle of Queenston Heights. After all, Brock died early on in the battle but they were there right to the bitter end, equally helping to save Upper Canada from American takeover.


The First Nations Memorial is made of wooden branches bound together with strips of red cloth to form a kind of tripod. A willow wreath rests at its centre in a manner reminiscent of Remembrance Day memorials. Laminated pictures of native leaders from the War of 1812 are displayed along with statements explaining the Memorial's significance.


I felt more moved by the First Nations Memorial than by Brock's Monument, actually, because "fair is fair," eh? Everyone's contribution to the history of Canada needs to be acknowledged, honoured and respected.

So, patient blog readers, this concludes my very long series of posts about the Battle of Queenston Heights. My War of 1812 series will resume in about six months time.

[All photos from the internet]

14 comments:

Francie M said...

Surprise! I thought you were going to talk about Laura Secord's memorial. Recently there has been talk of commissioning a more permanent memorial for the First Nation Warriors at the site. Personally I would also like to see one for the local women who had to go to the battlefield and look for their sons and husbands.

jaz@octoberfarm said...

and the natives get screwed yet again!

Lois said...

I thought Laura Secord as well, but was very moved by this post. Next year, we will make a trek out there and visit, it isn't too far away for us.

Elsie said...

I liked this memorial the best.

CorvusCorax12 said...

It is moving !

Joyful Things said...

beautiful.

Sulky Kitten said...

I think they deserve something much more imposing than this.

mrsduncanmahogany said...

Had I known that was in the Niagara region last time visiting relatives, I would have gone there as well. Went to the Laura Secord house and grounds which was interesting, but this would have topped it off nicely!

Jim said...

What a great way to close this series, Debra. Boy, does this put the whole thing into perspective for me! We should all be ashamed of ourselves but again the First Nations Memorial is more memorable I feel.

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

I prefer the First Nations Memorial. It is much more moving with its simple and modest presentation.

Magic Love Crow said...

This First Nations Memorial is very moving! I love it!

JACKIESUE said...

I hope your people treated the Native Indians better than the Americans did..

Riot Kitty said...

Amen, my native brothers and sisters!

Jeanne said...

Not surprising that white men would erect a large monstrosity of a monument - perhaps to fulfill their own inadequacies..... And yet, eventually Nature will reclaim it as well.
May the Great Spirit bless all those that have given their lives.