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Governor General to Present First Nations and Metis Communities with Commemorative War of 1812 Medal and Banner


OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 24, 2012) - His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, will preside over the War of 1812 National Recognition Ceremony for 48 First Nations and Metis communities with a heritage link to the War of 1812, on Thursday, October 25, 2012, at 10 a.m., in the Rideau Hall Ballroom. On this occasion, His Excellency, accompanied by the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, will present each community with a Commemorative War of 1812 medal and banner.

"The diverse Aboriginal warriors and British and French-speaking soldiers and militias who fought alongside one another in the War of 1812 remind us that Canada is our common ground, and that we are stronger when we work together," said the Governor General. "I am looking forward to commemorating the essential contributions of First Nations and Metis communities to this important chapter in our history."

This recognition ceremony will help to mark the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812, an important milestone in the lead-up to the 150th anniversary of Canada's Confederation, in 2017. The list of the communities being recognized at this ceremony is enclosed.

More information on events and activities commemorating the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812 is available at

Members of the media who wish to cover this ceremony must be accredited with the Parliamentary Press Gallery. For more information, please contact Mr. Terry Guillon, Chief of the Canadian Parliamentary Press Gallery at 613-992-4511 or

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List of First Nations and Metis Communities to be honoured at the War of 1812 National Recognition Ceremony

-- Abenakis of Odanak
-- Algonquins of Pikwakanagan
-- Atikameksheng Anishwawbek
-- Aundeck-Omni-Kaning First Nation
-- Batchewana First Nation
-- Beausoleil First Nation
-- Birdtail Sioux First Nation
-- Walpole Island (Bkejwanong First Nation)
-- Caldwell First Nation
-- Canupawakpa Dakota First Nation
-- Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point
-- Chippewas of Nawash First Nation
-- Chippewas of Rama First Nation
-- Chippewas of the Thames First Nation
-- Dakota Plains First Nation
-- Dakota Tipi First Nation
-- Garden River First Nation
-- Georgina Island First Nation
-- Kitigan Zibi First Nation
-- Manitoba Metis Federation
-- M'Chigeeng First Nation
-- Metis Nation - Saskatchewan
-- Metis Nation of Ontario
-- Mississaugas of the New Credit
-- Mohawk Council of Kahnawake
-- Mohawks Council of Kanesatake
-- Mohawks Council of Akwesasne
-- Mohawk of the Bay of Quinte
-- Moravian of the Thames First Nation
-- Munsee-Delaware Nation
-- Nation huronne-wendat
-- Nation Metis Quebec
-- Oneida Nation of the Thames
-- Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation
-- Saugeen First Nation
-- Serpent River First Nation
-- Sheguiandah First Nation
-- Sheshegwaning First Nation
-- Sioux Valley Dakota Nation
-- Six Nations of the Grand River Elected Council
-- Haudenosaunee Confederacy
-- Standing Buffalo Dakota Band #78
-- Thessalon First Nation
-- Wahpeton Dakota First Nation
-- Whitecap Dakaota First Nation
-- Whitefish River First Nation
-- Wikwemikong
-- Zhiibaahaasing First Nation

Julie Rocheleau
Rideau Hall Press Office

Media Relations
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

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