The exhibit was developed in conjunction with Parks Canada and the Indigenous Tourism Industry
Yesterday, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, president of the Treasury Board and Member of Parliament for Quebec, unveiled the new exhibit at the Saint-Louis Forts and Chateaux National Historic Site, along with Remy Vincent, Grand Chief of Huron-Wendat Nation.
This partnership between the Park Canada and the Huron-Wendat Nation resulted in a development aimed to highlight diplomacy by enhancing the existing exhibit from Huron-Wendat Nation’s perspective on this piece of history. To do this, new evocative characters were added and the Wendat language was assimilated.
“The Government of Canada is committed to reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, and to building a renewed relationship with them based on recognition of rights, respect, cooperation and partnership. I am therefore extremely proud of this collaboration between Parks Canada and the Huron-Wendat Nation, which allows us to highlight, in current times, their vision of our common history.” Said Jean-Yves Duclos
The exhibit includes six new stations based on beliefs related to diplomacy, including pride, honour, and respect. The new visitor experience will encourage a better understanding of over 200 years of diplomatic history with the First Nations through the perspective of the Huron-Wendat Nation. They will also learn about Huron-Wendat governors and diplomats, as well as the alliances between these nations that will come about to shaped North America as we know it.
Park Canada and the Huron-Wendat Nation collaboration was formed under the Indigenous Tourism Initiatives program created in 2016. This program supports the development of Aboriginal tourism encounters at various national historic locations throughout Canada.