Decew House Heritage Park in Thorold is now home to the memorial structure initiated by Friends of Laura Secord. Unveiled October 7, 2017, the installation, designed by renowned Canadian architect Douglas Cardinal, was built to honour the First Nations contributions to the War of 1812 and to the creation of Canada.
Thorold Mayor Ted Luciani, MP Vance Badawey, Chief Stacey LaForme, Bob Rennie, Travis Hill, Caroline McCormick and Maja Bannerman, all accompany Ontario Lieutenant Governor, Elizabeth Dowdeswell at the Opening Ceremony. More details on the unveiling can be found on the Friends of Laura Secord website.
Dr. Douglas Cardinal, an Anishinaabe elder shared his message of respect and honour, stating the monument represents the Circle of all life and the coming together of all Canadians, with an open heart, in peace.
The hand-crafted limestone block represents a Haudenosaunee longhouse and symbolizes native inclusion and protection. Seating in the centre surrounds a glass hearth representing the sun.
The site of the monument is located steps from DeCew House where First Nations warriors found Laura Secord and escorted her to Lieut. James FitzGibbon to report on American troops.
The park is a quiet spot to visit and reflect and is a perfect destination for an autumn stroll.
Learn more about the monument: First Nations Peace Monument Brochure