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Celebration of a Dominant Abenaki Figure of the 17th and 18th Centuries

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Government of Canada highlights the national historic significance of Nescambiouit (1660-1727)

Odanak, Quebec, July 3, 2010--Today, the national historic significance of Nescambiouit (1660-1727), war chief and spokesman of the Abenakis, was recognized by the Government of Canada. A commemorative plaque by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada was unveiled at the Odanak Recreation and Leisure Centre as part of the community’s annual Pow Wow. The Odanak community is celebrating its 350th anniversary this year.

“Nescambiouit is an Abenaki of great reputation. His exceptional qualities were recognized not only by his people, but by the King of France. It is therefore with respect that we pay homage to him today,” said the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada.

Abenaki war chief Nescambiouit displayed exceptional military and negotiating skills on behalf of his people. Renowned for his bravery and exploits on the battlefield, particularly during the conflicts between the French and British, his reputation and abilities as a diplomat made him a worthy representative of his nation, notably with Louis XIV, who received him at the French Court and sought his influence in maintaining an alliance with the Abenakis. Nescambiouit’s perseverance and dedication gave his people hope in their struggle to maintain independence and the integrity of their territory.

“Commemorating First Nations history is a priority for our government. A significant figure in Abenaki history, Nescambiouit, along with other Aboriginal events, persons or places known for their national historic significance, form an important part of the cultural mosaic of Canada,” said Minister Prentice.

Created in 1919, the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada advises the Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada regarding the national historic significance of places, people and events that have marked Canada’s history. Parks Canada manages a nation-wide network of national historic sites that make up the rich tapestry of Canada’s cultural heritage and which offers visitors the opportunity for real and inspiring discoveries.

For additional information, please see the accompanying backgrounder at www.parkscanada.gc.ca under Media Room.

Information:

Valérie Therrien
Manager, External Relations
La Mauricie Field Unit
Parks Canada
Tel.: 819-536-2638, poste 224; Cell.: 819-552-1479

Backgrounder associated with this News Release.

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