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Commemoration of the Great Peace of Montréal

THE GOVERNMENT OF QUÉBEC IS PLEASED TO BE ASSOCIATED WITH THE LAUNCHING OF THE PROGRAM OF ACTIVITIES

QUÉBEC CITY, September 12, 2000 - Mr. Guy Chevrette,  Minister of Transport, Minister for Native Affairs and Minister for Wildlife and Parks, is pleased to be associated with the launching of the program of activities unveiled today by the Corporation des fêtes de la Grande Paix de Montréal 1701-2001. The festivities, which promise to be numerous and highly diversified, will be held from September 2000 to August 2001.

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 wars of the 17th century and marked a turning point in Franco-Amerindian relations. The proposed activities will commemorate this major diplomatic event in the history of New France.

It should be recalled that the Government of Québec first became associated with the commemoration of this event last May after providing a financial contribution of $3.6 million for its organization. In addition to highlighting historical facts, the celebrations will underscore the importance that must be placed on reaching agreements with the various Aboriginal communities. Minister Chevrette said that he was confident that this event would help make the public aware of the history of and the realities facing Amerindian communities: "History teaches us lessons and guides us in our present-day initiatives. We must continue to respect our partners and to negotiate, with them, agreements that will still be meaningful a few hundred years from now. Québec is pleased to be associated with the Corporation des fêtes de la Grande Paix de Montréal 1701-2001 as a major partner."

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SOURCE:

Edith Rochette
Press attaché
Office of Minister Guy Chevrette
(418) 643-6980

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