First Nations people were big losers in battle
By Randy Boswell
The two-hour film, produced by the Buffalo, N.Y.,-based PBS affiliate that has millions of viewers in southern Ontario, casts the native allies of the British-Canadian forces--led by the heroic Shawnee chief Tecumseh--as fierce and effective fighters in resisting American invasion attempts.
But the resulting deadlock in the war, which left North America's borders intact after 2 1/2 years of fighting, also ended Tecumseh's dream of a confederation of Indian nations with large, secure territories and a status comparable to the British colonies and American states.
The documentary, simply titled The War of 1812, "clearly deals with the fact that the one group that lost heavily is the natives," Canadian military historian Peter Twist, a consultant on the film, told Postmedia News.