The Huron-Wendat Nation has approximately 4,000 members and is one of Québec’s most urbanized Indigenous nations. In fact, the community of Wendake, founded in 1697, is now a municipality neighbouring Québec City. 

Before the arrival of the Europeans, the Hurons-Wendat led a semi-sedentary life in the area around Georgian Bay, Ontario. They grew significant quantities of corn and tobacco, and used the surplus to barter on a large scale with other Amerindian nations between the Great Lakes and Hudson Bay in particular. Today Wendake comprises a recently developed historic sector, a residential district and an industrial zone. The Société de développement économique de Wendake offers expertise to some 60 local businesses that provide employment for both Hurons-Wendat and many non-Indigenous people. Tourism is a major economic driver for this community. The Hôtel-Musée des Premières Nations, which opened in 2008, has enjoyed great success thanks to its architecture and the quality of services offered.

Last update: July 29, 2021


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