Régiment de la Chaudière’s new battle honours include a salute to Indigenous contributions

Régiment de la Chaudière’s new honours include a salute to Indigenous contributions

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Article / April 30, 2019 / Project number: 19-0094

By Steven Fouchard, Army Public Affairs

Lévis, Quebec — A Quebec-based Canadian Army Reserve unit has been given three new battle honours that include a salute to Indigenous contributions.

Le Régiment de la Chaudière, which is headquartered in Lévis, received the honours in a ceremony held March 9, 2019 in Saint-Georges de Beauce, Quebec. The event included delegations from First Nations and Métis communities, as well as displays of traditional dance and song.

Among the guests were Brigadier-General Jocelyn Paul, Commander of the Canadian Army’s 4th Canadian Division, who is the highest-ranking Indigenous officer in the Canadian Armed Forces.

Also attending were Ghislain Picard, Chief of the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador; François Drouin, president of the Métis Nation Québec.

Battle Honour for Battle of Châteauguay in 1869

While 2019 marks the 150th anniversary of the Regiment’s founding in April 1869, one of the three new honours is a recognition of the Battle of Châteauguay, a War of 1812 clash involving pre-Confederation militia units that are part of the modern Regiment’s lineage.

Events leading up to the Battle of Châteauguay began in the fall of 1813, when American forces advanced toward Montreal with the goal of isolating Quebec from Ontario, known respectively at the time as Lower Canada and Upper Canada.

British authorities countered with a combined force of militia fighters and Indigenous warriors, which established defensive positions along the Châteauguay River. The Americans attacked on October 26 but were forced to retreat.

Lieutenant Elaine Jean, Régiment de la Chaudière’s Public Affairs Officer, said its relations with Indigenous communities in the region continue to be positive.

“Our Commander, Lieutenant-Colonel François Provost, is a strong advocate of diversity and the importance of maintaining an open and inclusive environment,” said Lt Jean. “And he is deeply involved in improving the integration of Indigenous Peoples into the Canadian Armed Forces through its Black Bear and Carcajou programs. As a result, the Regiment has an excellent relationship with the Indigenous Peoples of the region.”

Battle Honour for Afghanistan

The Regiment also received Battle Honours for Afghanistan at the event. It became eligible by providing at least 20 per cent of its personnel to the mission. The contribution of Captain Patrick Lajoie, a current member who completed three deployments there, was noted as part of the ceremony.

Battle Honour for 1690 defence of Canada

The third honour harkens back to Quebec’s earliest history: the defence of what would become the City of Montreal against an attack by British colonial forces in 1690. It is the battle in which the French-appointed Governor General, the Count of Frontenac, famously answered British calls for surrender by saying, “I will answer with the muzzles of my cannons and muskets.”

“For the members, the three new battle honours are a source of great pride,” added Lt Jean. “It is a very strong symbol of the patriotism of the time when militiamen – often farmers, fathers of families – all left their homes and families to defend their homeland.”

“It is an honor to be part of a regiment with a rich history giving the opportunity to carry and transmit deep values. This brings the satisfaction of being part of an organization larger than oneself.”

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Members of Le Régiment de la Chaudière march with their regimental flag during a ceremony held March 9, 2019 in Saint-Georges de Beauce, Québec to mark  its 150th anniversary and the receipt of three new battle honours. 
Photo: Private Kevin Turgeon, Valcartier Imaging Services. ©2019 DND/MDN Canada.
    photo 1 - VL02-2019-0096-010 Members of Le Régiment de la Chaudière march with their regimental flag during a ceremony held March 9, 2019 in Saint-Georges de Beauce, Québec to mark its 150th anniversary and the receipt of three new battle honours. Photo: Private Kevin Turgeon, Valcartier Imaging Services. ©2019 DND/MDN Canada.

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Brigadier-General Jocelyn Paul, Commander of the Canadian Army’s 4th Canadian Division, who is the highest-ranking Indigenous officer in the Canadian Armed Forces, attends Le Régiment de la Chaudière’s event in Saint-Georges de Beauce, Québec on March 9, 2019 to mark its 150th anniversary and new battle honours that recognize Indigenous Peoples’ military service to the Regiment and to Canada.
Photo: Private Kevin Turgeon, Valcartier Imaging Services. ©2019 DND/MDN Canada.
    photo 2 - VL02-2019-0096-005 Brigadier-General Jocelyn Paul, Commander of the Canadian Army’s 4th Canadian Division, who is the highest-ranking Indigenous officer in the Canadian Armed Forces, attends Le Régiment de la Chaudière’s event in Saint-Georges de Beauce, Québec on March 9, 2019 to mark its 150th anniversary and new battle honours that recognize Indigenous Peoples’ military service to the Regiment and to Canada. Photo: Private Kevin Turgeon, Valcartier Imaging Services. ©2019 DND/MDN Canada.

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A Huron-Wendat dancer performs a traditional dance at the unveiling of three new battle honors for Le Régiment de la Chaudière in Saint-Georges de Beauce, Québec on March 9, 2019.
Photo: Leading Seaman Marilou Villeneuve-Last, Valcartier Imaging Services. ©2019 DND/MDN Canada.
    photo 3 - VL12-2019-0095-022 A Huron-Wendat dancer performs a traditional dance at the unveiling of three new battle honors for Le Régiment de la Chaudière in Saint-Georges de Beauce, Québec on March 9, 2019. Photo: Leading Seaman Marilou Villeneuve-Last, Valcartier Imaging Services. ©2019 DND/MDN Canada.

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Huron-Wendat dancers and drummers took part in a ceremony held March 9, 2019 in Saint-Georges de Beauce, Québec to mark new, historic battle honours for Le Régiment de la Chaudière. These included recognition of a pivotal War of 1812 battle in which Indigenous warriors fought with militia forces to repel an American attack. 
Photo: Private Kevin Turgeon, Valcartier Imaging Services. ©2019 DND/MDN Canada.
    photo 4 - VL02-2019-0096-014 Huron-Wendat dancers and drummers took part in a ceremony held March 9, 2019 in Saint-Georges de Beauce, Québec to mark new, historic battle honours for Le Régiment de la Chaudière. These included recognition of a pivotal War of 1812 battle in which Indigenous warriors fought with militia forces to repel an American attack. Photo: Private Kevin Turgeon, Valcartier Imaging Services. ©2019 DND/MDN Canada.

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Le Régiment de la Chaudière of Levi, Québec received three new battle honours in a ceremony on March 9, 2019 in Saint-Georges de Beauce, Québec for service in Afghanistan, the War of 1812, and in a very early battle between colonial forces that was victorious with help from Indigenous warriors in 1690.
Photo: Private Kevin Turgeon, Valcartier Imaging Services. ©2019 DND/MDN Canada.
    photo 5 - VL02-2019-0096-001 Le Régiment de la Chaudière of Levi, Québec received three new battle honours in a ceremony on March 9, 2019 in Saint-Georges de Beauce, Québec for service in Afghanistan, the War of 1812, and in a very early battle between colonial forces that was victorious with help from Indigenous warriors in 1690. Photo: Private Kevin Turgeon, Valcartier Imaging Services. ©2019 DND/MDN Canada.

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Captain Patrick Lajoie was honoured as part of his Regiment receiving a new Battle Honour for Afghanistan, bestowed on the Regiment on March 9, 2019. Here he receives his Canadian Decoration 2 for 32 years of service on April 8, 2018 from Régiment de la Chaudière commander Lieutenant-Colonel Francois Provost (right) and Regimental Sergeant-Major Chief Warrant Officer Éric Lapalme (left) on April 8, 2018. Photo: ©2018 DND/MDN Canada
    Photo 6 - Captain Patrick Lajoie was honoured as part of his Regiment receiving a new Battle Honour for Afghanistan, bestowed on the Regiment on March 9, 2019. Here he receives his Canadian Decoration 2 for 32 years of service on April 8, 2018 from Régiment de la Chaudière commander Lieutenant-Colonel Francois Provost (right) and Regimental Sergeant-Major Chief Warrant Officer Éric Lapalme (left) on April 8, 2018. Photo: ©2018 DND/MDN Canada
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