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Exhibit: Aboriginal Contributions to the War of 1812

by aanationtalk on October 4, 2012709 Views

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Aboriginal Contributions to the War of 1812

Throughout Canada’s history, Aboriginal peoples have helped shape this land into the country we know today. Before Canada became a country, Britain’s military alliances with First Nations were a key part of the defensive network of British North America. During the War of 1812, First Nations warriors and Métis fighters played important roles in the defence of these British territories against invading American forces. Thousands of First Nations warriors and Métis fighters fought beside British troops and Canadian settler militias during the war. These Aboriginal allies were often accompanied by officials from the Indian Department who spoke Aboriginal languages and who could help First Nations war chiefs and British military commanders speak to each other. First Nations and Métis communities sided with the British during the war because they shared a common goal: to resist American expansion. In Canada, the war was fought on three main fronts: in the Western Great Lakes region, the Niagara region and the St. Lawrence region.

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