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Indiana Limestone Helps Celebrate Canada’s First Nations

Aug 06

For its 150th birthday, Canada is undertaking many important projects to commemorate and celebrate its rich history. Indiana Limestone is playing a big part in the First Nations Peace Monument currently under construction in Thorold, Ontario, just outside Niagara Falls.

The monument will be located in DeCew House Heritage Park, where Laura Secord was escorted by First Nations warriors she encountered late in her 20-mile walk to warn British forces of an impending attack during the War of 1812.

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Because of Secord’s warning, the British and First Nation allied forces were able to defeat American invaders at the Battle of Beaver Dams.

Canada’s First Nations are the aboriginal tribes who have inhabited the country for more than 12,000 years and include Native Loyalists who settled in Canada after the American Revolutionary War. The Friends of Laura Secord, with support from the Canadian Government, initiated the project to honor the people of the First Nations.

“The monument is intended to help generate a deeper understanding of the rich heritage and ongoing history of First Nations people and illuminate the vital contributions they made in the defining of our country,” says

Friends of Laura Secord President Caroline McCormick.

Designed by renowned architect and First Nations activist Douglas Cardinal, the First Nations Peace Monument will combine “timeless artisanal stonework, traditional aboriginal motifs and First Nations storytelling traditions, with modern architectural symbolism and contemporary digital interpretation.”

Indiana Limestone Company Regional Sales Manager, Tim Pick, says the company’s turnaround time made it a clear choice. “We won out based on the quality of our Limestone and ability to ship blocks in a matter of days. The long history of Indiana Limestone in Canada was a big factor as well.” Pick says.

The First Nations Peace Monument project will also feature locally quarried limestone from Queenston Quarry. Once owned by the Secord family, it will add a personal touch to the installation.

Learn more about the Friends of Laura Secord group and the history surrounding the First Nations Peace Monument here.

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