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Meeting with Wendake First Nations Chief

Wendake, Quebec, Wednesday, March 25, 2015


Thank you for your warm welcome.

I am delighted to visit Wendake, the home of the Huron-Wendat Nation.

Wendake is known far and wide as a place where good things are happening.

Your community, like this beautiful building in which we are gathered, is so impressive and inspiring.

Your heritage is so rich, and your future is bright.

It was great to meet with the Chief and council and to learn about the exciting initiatives underway here.

Like any community, though, you are faced with challenges and opportunities. But the Huron-Wendat Nation has long distinguished itself as a creative, caring community, and a strong contributor to our country.   

Your success is so important—foremost for the sake of the people who live here, but also as a model for the entire country to follow.

Here, you are building a community that respects its past while looking to the future.

A community that learns and innovates together.

A community that cares for the well-being of its people and of its natural environment.

When I look around me here in Wendake, I am filled with a sense of optimism.

Sharon and I are looking forward to this afternoon’s tour and to learning more about this remarkable place.

Thank you once again for welcoming us.