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Davie And The Huron-Wendat Nation Sign A Mutually Beneficial Historic Alliance

March 11, 2024

Nionwentsïo, March 11, 2024 – Davie and the Huron-Wendat Nation Council today signed an important alliance aimed at strengthening and consolidating the relationship between the Nation and the company. This mutual commitment, known as Ontatenses in Huron-Wendat, meaning “We value each other,” has been developed in mutual trust since 2018. It is based on values dear to the Huron-Wendat Nation and to Davie, namely respect (Erihwändoronkhwa’), honour (Honwatihchiendaenhk), and esteem for one another (Ontatenses).

Through this alliance, Davie and the Huron-Wendat Nation Council have agreed to work together on initiatives designed to contribute to the social, cultural and economic development of the Huron-Wendat Nation. This includes implementing mechanisms to promote equity, diversity and inclusion of the Nation’s members, as well as actively participating in building closer ties and mutual understanding between the two organizations, in a sustainable and meaningful way.

In concrete terms, both parties have agreed to establish a committee to develop structuring partnerships and creating training programs tailored to the local workforce. Additionally, Davie is committed to providing employment opportunities for members of the Huron-Wendat Nation, to implementing initiatives to increase its purchases from the Huron-Wendat businesses, and to continuing its already active participation in community and cultural initiatives with the Nation.

“It is a great source of pride for Davie to sign this Ontatenses with the Huron-Wendat Nation,” said James Davies, President and CEO of Davie. “This collaboration agreement marks another milestone in our desire to strengthen our ties with our Indigenous partners through tangible initiatives that promote the reconciliation process, foster economic development and improve our collective prosperity.”

“I am delighted to be able to announce this historic alliance on behalf of the Huron-Wendat Nation,” added Rémy Vincent, Grand Chief of the Huron-Wendat Nation. “Not only does this alliance attest to the favourable position held by the Huron-Wendat Nation on the economic chessboard of our ancestral territory, the Nionwentsïo, but it also demonstrates that Davie, as a major player in the industry, is moving quickly from words to actions in terms of building bridges and reconciliation with First Nations. I congratulate Davie on this proactive approach, and I’m proud that the Huron-Wendat Nation is once again at the forefront of its own economic development.

This agreement reflects Davie’s firm commitment to contribute to reconciliation efforts in response to Call to Action 92 in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

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Photograph: Signing of the historic alliance by Lindsey Kettel, Senior Vice-President, Strategic Development of Davie, and Rémy Vincent, Grand Chief of the Huron-Wendat Nation


Rose-Marie Ayotte, Huron-Wendat Nation Council, [email protected], 418 928-9792

Marcel Poulin, Davie, [email protected], 581 992-8564

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