Public Health Agency of Canada

07/05/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/05/2021 12:28

Inauguration of a new exhibit created in partnership with the Huron-Wendat Nation at the Saint-Louis Forts and Châteaux National Historic Site

An exhibit that recounts over 200 years of diplomatic history with First Nations people

July 5, 2021 Quebec City, Quebec Parks Canada Agency

Today, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, President of the Treasury Board and Member of Parliament for Quebec, on behalf of the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, inaugurated the new exhibit at the Saint-Louis Forts and Châteaux National Historic Site, along with Rémy Vincent, Grand Chief of the Huron-Wendat Nation.

The result of a partnership between Parks Canada and the Huron-Wendat Nation, this project aims to highlight diplomacy by enhancing the existing exhibit from the Huron-Wendat Nation's perspective on this piece of history. To do this, new evocative characters were added and the Wendat language was integrated. This new visitor experience will promote a better understanding of the various facets of the site's history.

The exhibit includes six new stations based on values related to diplomacy, including pride, honour and respect. Visitors will be able to trace over 200 years of diplomatic history with the First Nations through the unique perspective of the Huron-Wendat Nation. They will also learn about Huron-Wendat governors and diplomats, as well as the alliances between these nations at the very site where decisions that shaped North America were made.

The partnership between Parks Canada and the Huron-Wendat Nation was established under the Indigenous Tourism Initiatives program.Created in 2016, this program supports the development of Aboriginal tourism experiences at various national historic sites throughout Canada.

Tourisme Wendake's participation in this project will also facilitate the development of a tourist circuit in the region that will allow visitors to the Saint-Louis Forts and Châteaux National Historic Site to extend their visit to Wendake.

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