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Transcript of General Sir Isaac Brock (youth version)

[Canadian Heritage signature]

Narrator: "This capsule is presented by Canadian Heritage."

[The bronze statue of Brock]

Narrator: "The man shown in this statue is so famous, streets and parks all over Ontario are named after him, along with town of Brockville and Brock University."

[Close-up of the head of the statue]

Narrator: "His full name was Sir Isaac Brock, and he was an army commander. He fought in the War of 1812, which was important in shaping Canada as we know it today. He has also been called “the Hero of Upper Canada,” because he came up with a great plan to save southern Ontario from American troops.

Back then—200 years ago—the world was a very different place. There was no town where you’re now standing, for instance, and Canada wasn’t a country yet. Instead, there were British colonies—Upper Canada, today’s Ontario, and Lower Canada, today’s Quebec."

[Close-up of the torso of the statue]

Narrator: "In the summer of 1812, Americans declared war on Britain and tried to invade Upper and Lower Canada. Sir Isaac Brock was a smart leader and good at getting people to help fight the war. First, he got colonists to volunteer for army service, and he convinced aboriginal peoples to join too!"

[Close-up of the head]

Narrator: "And he really understood war—he knew when and where to attack the enemy."

[Portrait of Tecumseh]

Narrator: "He imagined a very bold plan with the help of his friend Shawnee Chief Tecumseh…"

[Illustration of Brock and Tecumseh]

Narrator: "…to fool the American troops so they thought they were outnumbered, which was exactly the opposite."

[Close-up of the head]

Narrator: "Unaware of this clever scheme, the Americans troops were so afraid to be defeated that they raised the white flag and returned home."

[Portrait of Marlene Hilton Moore]

Narrator: "Listen to the clip by the artist, Marlene Hilton Moore to find out more about the creation of this sculpture."

[Canada Wordmark]

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