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June 11, 2013
Huron-Wendat Day honours Toronto's First Nation history
In celebration of Huron-Wendat Day on June 15, the City of Toronto and Heritage Toronto are hosting representatives from the Huron-Wendat Nation at a plaque presentation and commemorative trail-naming ceremony to honour the long history of the Huron-Wendat Nation in Toronto. The ceremony will take place on Saturday, June 15 at 11 a.m. at Driftwood Park, 44 Tobermory Dr.

The Heritage Toronto plaques commemorate the history of the Huron-Wendat people in Ontario, specifically in present-day Toronto. Elder Daniel Proteau, other representatives from the Huron-Wendat Nation and Huron-Wendat students travelling from Quebec will attend the event.

"The City of Toronto is honoured to have fostered our relationship with the Huron-Wendat Nation - a significant link to the history of our city," said City representative Councillor Anthony Perruzza (Ward 8 York West). "It is our pleasure to be involved in the creation of these plaques that will educate the residents of Toronto and visitors to our city about the important role of the Huron-Wendat Nation in this region."

Following the plaque unveiling, a free interpretive bike tour along the Huron-Wendat Trail will take place with archeologist Ron Williamson. The trail runs along a site in North York where archeological remains of an ancestral Huron-Wendat village were discovered. Bixi has donated the use of 12 bikes for the public to use at the event. The public can register for the bike tour or to book a Bixi bike at

"The Huron-Wendat Nation has a long and rich history in the Toronto area," said Dr. Gary Miedema, Heritage Toronto's Chief Historian. "It's a privilege to work with the Huron-Wendat Nation and the City of Toronto to raise awareness of that history and it's an honour to have representatives of the Huron-Wendat Nation with us as we do so."

"On behalf of the Huron-Wendat Nation, I would like to thank the City of Toronto for declaring June 15 Huron-Wendat Day," said Grand Chief Konrad Sioui of the Huron-Wendat Nation. "We must never forget that our ancestors have walked, lived and died in the Greater Toronto Area and in the Great Lakes area. The Huron-Wendat Trail is a positive reminder of our past, present and future presence in our unceded ancestral lands."

The north shore of Lake Ontario, including present-day Toronto, was once the home of the ancestral Huron-Wendat people. Accomplished farmers and traders, they occupied numerous villages between 1200 and 1600, nearly always along rivers and creeks. They left behind artifacts that included remnants of their distinctive ceramic vessels, tobacco pipes, stone axes and bone tools, all of which help archeologists identify sites as being ancestral Huron-Wendat.

Heritage Toronto is a charitable, arms-length agency of the City of Toronto established in 1949 to promote a greater appreciation for the city's rich architectural, cultural, archeological and natural heritage. Through partnerships with local community groups and volunteers, Heritage Toronto provides city-wide programs and services. Follow Heritage Toronto on Twitter @Heritage Toronto and Like us on Facebook /Heritage Toronto. Further information:

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Jessica Donaldson, Heritage Toronto Marketing Director

Steve Johnston, Senior Communications Co-ordinator, Strategic Communications



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