Harper Government Invests in Friends of the Tecumseh Monument to Commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812

MORPETH, Ontario, October 14, 2011 - The Harper Government today announced support for the Friends of the Tecumseh Monument in commemoration of the War of 1812. This War helped establish our path toward becoming an independent and free country, united under the Crown with a respect for linguistic and ethnic diversity.

"The heroic efforts of those who fought for our country in the War of 1812 tell the story of the Canada we know today: an independent and free country with a constitutional monarchy and its own distinct parliamentary system," said the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages. "The 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 is an opportunity for all of us to take pride in our history, and we look forward to taking part in the events and activities that will mark this important anniversary for Canada."

The Friends of the Tecumseh Monument will be able to further develop the monument's current site, thanks to an investment from the Government of Canada. This funding will enable the Friends of the Tecumseh Monument to explore new opportunities to further develop the Tecumseh Monument and an outdoor eco-park.

"Our Government received a strong mandate from Canadians to invest in our history and to honour heroes that defended our country in a time of crisis," said Dave Van Kesteren, Member of Parliament (Chatham-Kent-Essex). "By supporting projects like these, our Government is delivering on its commitment to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812--a defining moment in our country's history that in many ways has shaped Canada into the country it is today."

Over the next four years, the Government will invest to increase Canadians' awareness of this defining moment in our history. This will include support for:

  • a pan-Canadian educational campaign focused on the importance of the War of 1812 to Canada's history;
  • support for up to 100 historical re-enactments, commemorations, and local events;
  • a dedicated War of 1812 Monument in Canada's National Capital Region;
  • interactive tours, exhibits, and improvements to national historic sites across the country; and
  • investments in infrastructure at key 1812 battle sites, such as Fort Mississauga and Fort York, Ontario; and
  • celebrating and honouring the links that many of our current militia regiments in Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada have to the War of 1812.

The Government of Canada provided funding in 2010-2011 to the Friends of the Tecumseh Monument through the Department of Canadian Heritage's Celebration and Commemoration Program. The program's recently announced 1812 Commemoration provides funding for celebrations and commemorations of national significance that promote a greater awareness and understanding among Canadians of the importance of the War of 1812 in the country's history.

Details on planned activities and funding opportunities will be made available on the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 website at www.1812.gc.ca.

You can now also download the official Government of Canada mobile application and browse the mobile site for information about the commemoration, key battles and heroes, and related national historic sites, as well as other interactive features that will be updated in the coming months in the lead-up to the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812.

For more information (media only), please contact:

Sébastien Gariépy
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
and Official Languages
819-997-7788

Media Relations
Canadian Heritage
819-994-9101
1-866-569-6155
media@pch.gc.ca