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Transcript of The War of 1812 Monument, Triumph Through Diversity (youth version)

Narrator: “This capsule is presented by Canadian Heritage”

[Canadian Heritage signature]

[The painting of a battlefield during the 1812 war]

Narrator: “Did you know that a war took place in Canada 200 years ago?

“It was called the war of 1812 and was fought between Britain and the United States. Soldiers, sailors and aboriginal warriors fought both on land in Canada and the United States …”

[The painting of British and American ships during the 1812 war]

Narrator: “… and on water in the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean.

“The monument in front of you reminds us of the War of 1812.”

[The bronze monument, the sculptor Adrienne Alison in front of the monument]

Narrator: “The sculptor, Adrienne Alison, called it Triumph Through Diversity.”

[The monument, the painting of a British Commandant shaking hands with the Chief of the native allies]

Narrator: “She created a group of seven bronze figures to show the story of how people of different backgrounds came together to protect Canada.”

[Different shots of the monument]

Narrator: “See how lifelike they are?

“The rough, bumpy stone they’re standing on represents the rugged land in Canada. The smoother stone pieces on each side are shaped like boats, to remind us that part of the war was fought on water.

“Go ahead …walk around the sculpture.

“It was designed so that people can enjoy it from all sides.

“Can you see the First Nations warrior pointing into the distance?

“There’s also a sailor pulling on a rope, and beside him a woman bandaging the wrist of a French-Canadian soldier.

“On the other side, a Métis soldier is getting a cannon ready for battle, a British soldier is firing his rifle, and a member of the Canadian militia is raising his arm to cheer.

“Each figure tells part of the story of the War of 1812.”

[Adrienne Alison in front of the bronze monument]

Narrator: “To find out more about this monument, listen to the clip from Canadian artist Adrienne Alison.”

[Canada wordmark]

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