Since its creation in 2005, the Huron-Wendat Museum has been managing, preserving, and displaying its collection, which today includes more than 2,000 objects and archival documents. These artifacts bear witness to more than 400 years of history and form a national collection that plays an important role in terms of identity. Indeed, the collection stands out as it is representative of the journey of a First Nation. It highlights important events and issues related to the history of the Huron-Wendat people.
The Museum’s storage facilities thus house objects of various categories such as traditional and commercialized craftsmanship, traditional occupations and trades, arts, silverware and objects of worship associated with missions in Wendat territory, ceremonial and traditional clothing, traditional practices and beliefs, as well as archaeological collections from the Wendat territory.
The origins of the Museum’s collection date back to the 17th century. For several centuries, the great Wendat families, in collaboration with other actors, undertook to preserve groups of objects from their heritage. Since the 1980s, several Wendat cultural agents mandated by the Council of the Huron-Wendat Nation have been working to safeguard these collections. In particular, they have carried out several inventories and gathered numerous cultural objects of identity value? on behalf of the Wendake community, consolidating the base of the current collection of the Huron-Wendat Museum.
In 1987 and 2006, the heritage value of several elements of the collection was recognized by the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec through the classification as “heritage objects” of close to 350 objects from the Anne-Marie-Sioui Fund, the Tsawenhohi House Fund and the Notre-Dame-de-Lorette Church.