The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) has a long history of ties to the Indigenous peoples of Canada, as evidenced by the two separate classes of ships named after them – the wartime Tribal-class and the post-war Iroquois-class destroyers – as well as several other vessels, including three Oberon-class submarines.
In fact, Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Haida – named after the seafaring Haida First Nation of British Columbia – was designated flagship of the RCN in 2018 in recognition of the courageous spirit of this legendary destroyer and all those who proudly served in her. The last remaining Second World War Tribal-class destroyer in the world, Haida is moored in Hamilton, Ont., and is a National Historic Site managed by Parks Canada. Visitors are welcomed to the site year-round to learn about Canada’s remarkable naval history.
HMCS Haida is the very embodiment of the RCN’s proud 110 years of service to Canada, as well as the valour and fearless dedication of the women and men who serve Canada at sea. It is a testament to the RCN’s long history as a fighting force and destroyer navy, and now stands as a permanent reminder of the sacrifice, resolve and courage of Canada’s sailors and of our important ties to the Indigenous peoples of Canada.
HMCS Haida served in the RCN from 1943 to 1963, and saw action in both the Second World War and the Korean War. It is the only surviving ship of the 27 Tribal-class destroyers built before and during the Second World…