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We once fought together

Published in the Barrie Advance
23 June 2006
In light of the recent events in Caledonia, it is a shame how far we have grown from the First Nations people of Canada.

During the Battle of Queenston Heights on October 13, 1812, British Army Regulars and Canadian Militia were backed up by warriors from the Six Nations, the same ones from the Caledonia area. Led by General Sir Isaac Brock, the combined forces defeated 2000 American Militiamen.

It’s a shame that our once First Nations brothers-in-arms have become our foes in an unnecessary standoff. Let’s all remember how proud we once were to stand shoulder to shoulder with these fine warriors from the Six Nations, whose people included celebrated Mohawk Chief Joseph Brant (Tyandaga), and resolve our differences. We owe it to the brave soldier and First Nations warriors who fought and gave their lives for our (future) country.

About the author

Bruce Forsyth

Bruce Forsyth served in the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve for 13 years (1987-2000). He served with units in Toronto, Hamilton & Windsor and worked or trained at CFB Esquimalt, CFB Halifax, CFB Petawawa, CFB Kingston, CFB Toronto, Camp Borden, The Burwash Training Area and LFCA Training Centre Meaford.

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