The War of 1812

When a newcomer takes the Oath of Citizenship, Canada’s history becomes their history and provides a common touchstone that unites all Canadians—no matter how long Canada has been called “home”.

To recognize the War of 1812’s impact on Canadian history, we marked the bicentenary with activities, and the development of educational resources that were featured throughout the commemoration period.

Key Commemoration Activities

Citizenship ceremonies at key War of 1812 sites

Throughout the commemorative period, citizenship ceremonies highlighted the significance of the War, and select special ceremonies were scheduled at sites of significance for the War of 1812, many of which are now national historic sites.

Commemorative Bookmark and poster

Image of the commemorative bookmark

At special citizenship ceremonies, and other relevant events, participants received a bookmark with the second verse from Alexander Muir’s composition, The Maple Leaf Forever, which commemorates Canadian heroism in the War of 1812.

To request bookmarks and posters, contact us.


Did you know?

The War of 1812 is highlighted in the citizenship study guide – Discover Canada: The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship.

All Government of Canada activities related to the War of 1812 can be accessed at

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