Harper Government Invests in Legacy Projects to Commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812

THOROLD, Ontario, October 14, 2011- The Harper Government today announced support for local events 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 James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages. "The 200thanniversary 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."

This funding will enable the Niagara 1812 Bicentennial Legacy Council to move toward its objective of making its website, www.discover1812.com, a key site for educating Canadians about the War of 1812 and informing them of the events that will be taking place in the Niagara Region and across Ontario during the Bicentennial period.

"Our Government received a strong mandate from Canadians to invest in projects that promote tourism and commemorate important historic events," said Rick Dykstra, Member of Parliament (St. Catharines). "By supporting projects like these, our Government is delivering on its commitment to commemorate the 200thanniversary 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 has provided funding through the Commemorate Canada component of the Department of Canadian Heritage's Celebration and Commemoration Program. This component provides financial support to initiatives of national significance that commemorate various aspects of Canadian 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 200thanniversary 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

Media Relations
Canadian Heritage