Cultural development agreement signed and new status for St-Anicet site

Droulers-Tsiionhiakwatha Archaeological Site and Interpretation Centre

Publié le 31 mai 2017

A three-year Cultural Development Agreement was signed between the Quebec Government, the Mohawk community of Akwesasne, and the Haut-Saint-Laurent MRC on May 30. The provincial government also announced the protection of the Droulers-Tsiionhiakwatha site in Saint-Anicet under the Cultural Heritage Act.

©(Photo Quebec Ministry of Culture and Communications)

The Quebec government confirmed the significance of the Droulers-Tsiionhiakwatha Archaeological Site and Interpretation Centre in Saint-Anicet on May 30 with the signing of a third consecutive Cultural Development Agreement (2016-2019) with the Mohawk community of Akwesasne and the Haut-Saint-Laurent MRC. The government also announced the classification of the site under the Cultural Heritage Act.

The Cultural Development Agreement, which represents a total investment of $169,000 over three years, seeks to ensure continued cultural reconciliation and exchange with the Mohawk community of Akwesasne while also preserving, enhancing and disseminating its tangible and intangible cultural heritage. The three partners involved will all contribute to this investment, with $50,000 coming from the Ministry of culture and Communications, $45,000 from the Secretariat for Aboriginal Affairs, $45,000 from Akwesasne, and $24,000 from the Haut-Saint-Laurent MRC.

The announcement of the new agreement and classification was made jointly by Mr. Luc Fortin, the Minister of Culture and Communications and Minister responsible for the Protection and Promotion of the French Language, Mr. Geoffrey Kelley, the Minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs, and Mr. Stephane Billette, the MNA for Huntingdon and Chief Government Whip during an event organized at the National Assembly.

"Through this classification, our government recognizes and supports the collective effort of those who have mobilized to safeguard this exception archaeological site," said Minister Luc Fortin. "This gesture aims to ensure the permanence of a site containing important elements of our heritage that are essential to our history and is in keeping with the objectives of the cultural development agreement signed today."

Site is now open

 "We are open, and now protected by law," said Pascal Perron, the director of the Droulers-Tsiionhiakwatha site, who is obviously pleased with the agreement and the new status accorded to the Saint-Anicet site, which last year attracted over 15,000 visitors.

"I congratulate those who have played a role in shaping this important agreement for our two communities," said Huntingdon MNA Stephane Billette. "The classification of the Droulers-Tsiionhiakwatha Archaeological Site demonstrates how our government is committed to preserving this place, which to date is the most significant Iroquoian site discovered in Quebec."