The Great Peace of Montreal
Sunday, August 4, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
On the pedestrian path surrounding the Museum, an activity will be held to commemorate the Great Peace of Montréal, which was signed on August 4, 1701, on the Pointe-à-Callière site. Families will be invited to join indigenous craftspeople to learn about a symbol of peace—the wampum—and will have an opportunity to design their own personal pictogram, inspired by the symbolism of the indigenous diplomats’ signatures. A wonderful activity for children!
Inside the Museum, our interpreter-guides will hold info sessions on the theme of the Great Peace. Throughout our archaeological remains, permanent exhibitions, and artefact displays, visitors will get to learn more about this significant event.
Registration necessary at the main desk for animation
An historic meeting
More than 300 summers ago, a major event happened near Pointe-à-Callière Museum. In August 1701, representants from 39 indigenous nations from North-East America joigned Louis Hector de Callière in Montreal with the goal to sign an unprecedented treaty between french settlers and the members of the first nations. With the noble objective to put an end to a century of bloodshed and war of extermination between Iroquois and their english allies and French and their first nations allies, the Great Peace of Montreal was definitely ambitious. Despite the distance that separated the different parties and the outbreak of flu that was causing chaos, the great chief Huron-Wendat Kondiaronk managed to assemble more than 1300 indigenous delegates during this unprecedented meeeting. After many days, every delegate signed the document. The after effects of the Great Peace of Montreal reverberrate in the colony and amongst the first nations until 1760 conquest, despite other sporadic wars in the following years. The signature and totemic drawings that are upon the Great Peace of Montreal declaration affirms the will of the first Nations to share their hunting territory with the french and to participate in fair trade.