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Formed 26 April 1860, The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada is Canada’s oldest continuously serving infantry regiment, and since that time its members have served in every significant conflict in which Canadians have participated.
For information about someone’s service record, please check out the information on our Research Page before contacting us.
The sacred land on which our museum stands, has been a site of human activity for 15,000 years. This land is the territory of the Huron-Wendat and Petun First Nations, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit River. The territory was the subject of the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Iroquois Confederacy, and the Ojibwe and allied nations, to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes.
Today, the meeting place of Toronto is still the home to many indigenous people from across Turtle Island. We acknowledge the harms of the past, are committed to improving relationships in the spirit of reconciliation, and we are grateful to have the opportunity to serve the communities on this territory.
We also acknowledge the thousands of indigenous and Métis soldiers who have served in the Canadian Armed Forces including The Queen’s Own Rifles (see partial list), many of who were awarded medals for bravery and heroism, and many others who were wounded or gave their lives in service.