Government of Canada Highlights Aboriginal Peoples’ Contribution to Québec City 400th Anniversary Celebrations
WENDAKE, Quebec, October 19, 2007 – The Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, today participated in the announcement of the program of Aboriginal peoples’ activities within the celebrations of the 400th anniversary of the founding of Québec City. The program is the result of a cooperative effort by the Huron-Wendat Nation and the Société du 400e.
The program was announced at a press conference chaired by the Grand Chief of the Huron-Wendat Nation, Max “Oné-Onti” Gros-Louis, and attended by many guests, including Jean Leclerc, chair of the board of directors of the Société du 400e, representatives of the governments of Canada and Quebec, the Municipality of Québec City, First Nations, and the Société du 400e. Also present were the creators of the shows to be presented at Wendake in 2008.”The Aboriginal population first encountered the Europeans in Québec City and began the rich intercultural dialogue that exists to this day,” said Minister Verner. “On behalf of the Government of Canada, I invite all Canadians to come and discover the invaluable contribution of Aboriginal peoples to the building of our country.”
Aboriginal programming will focus on the outstanding contribution of Aboriginal peoples to the history of Québec City and Canada. In 2008, members of the Huron-Wendat Nation will dress in full regalia for exciting performances that show the Wendake of yesterday and today, as well as its art, culture, and rich past.
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