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MINISTER CHEVRETTE ANNOUNCES THE AWARDING OF A $3.6 MILLION GRANT FOR THE TRICENTENNIAL CELEBRATIONS COMMEMORATING THE PEACE OF MONTRÉAL

MONTRÉAL, May 12, 2000- Mr. Guy Chevrette, Minister of Transport, Minister for Native Affairs and Minister responsible for Wildlife and Parks, announced the awarding of a $3.6 million grant to the Corporation des fêtes du tricentenaire de la Grande Paix de Montréal 1701-2001 for the organization of the celebrations.

The Corporation des fêtes du tricentenaire de la Grande Paix de Montréal 1701-2001 is jointly formed by Land InSights, an aboriginal organization dedicated to the dissemination of aboriginal culture, and Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History. The celebrations of 2001 will commemorate the greatest diplomatic event in the history of New France. Indeed, the treaty of the Great Peace of Montréal was signed in 1701 by Sieur de Callière, representing France, and by 39 Amerindian nations. This treaty put an end to the intermittent wars of the 17th century and marked a turning point in Franco-Amerindian relations.

The aim of the celebrations is to make known the historical facts surrounding the signing of this treaty, as well as the wealth and diversity of Amerindian cultures. The commemorative events held in 2001 will make it possible to create places where the various communities can exchange ideas and forge closer ties.

Mr. André Dudemaine, Chairman of the Corporation, stated: "Pointe-à-Callièreand Land InSights, partners in this fantastic project, are thrilled to see the enthusiasm that this project has been generating and would like to thank the Québec Government for making such a tangible contribution. The ideals of the signatories of the Treaty of 1701 live on today, and the message of peace and friendship between the peoples that has been handed down to us, can continue to serve as a guide in the future. That is the meaning of this commemoration which is not an exercise in nostalgia".

"The Québec Government is proud to be associated with the celebrations marking the 300thanniversary of this historic event," explained Minister Guy Chevrette. "Thousands of visitors will have the opportunity to visit the Greater Montréal area and to discover an important period in the history of the relations between the Amerindians and the first French inhabitants of New France. I am very happy that the activity program gives such an important place to our young people who will have the opportunity to come into contact with the history of our country."

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Sources: Édith Rochette
Press attaché
Office of Minister Guy Chevrette
(418) 643-6980
Claude-Sylvie Lemery
Corporation des Fêtes du
tricentenaire de la Grande Paix
de Montréal 1701-2001
(514) 872-9114
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