The Council of the Huron-Wendat Nation urges the Department of National Defense (DND) to make a decision regarding its residential and commercial development project on federal lands in Sainte-Foy.
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The Indigenous Nation says it is “worried” about being without a clear answer from DND, nearly six months after submitting its development strategy for the land north of Hochelaga Boulevard, on the former military housing site.
Few details are known to date on this project while the Nation says its hands are tied due to the ongoing approval process. Mayor Bruno Marchand gave his support to it last May, referring to “an interesting integration project” and a “beautiful partnership”, while insisting on the importance of consulting citizens.
Mayor Marchand and Grand Chief Rémy Vincent met yesterday morning, as part of a workshop at the Hôtel-Musée Premières Nations. This was their first meeting following the historic collaboration agreement ratified last June between the Municipality and the Huron-Wendat, in terms of economic and community development.
Wendake also claims to have received the support of federal deputy Joël Lightbound, while the Cité-Universitaire neighborhood council has said it is ready to collaborate on the file for the site in Sainte-Foy.
“It’s rare for a project to have such unanimous support,” said Mr. Vincent. With our Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal partners, we meet several commercial, housing, support, space and cultural needs, in addition to upgrading strategically located land, all while respecting the environment.”
“Our file was submitted, as requested, last April. Since then, we have had discussions, but we are still awaiting a clear response from National Defence. It worries us.”
In February 2021, Ottawa announced the sale of a nearly one-hectare parcel of this site to the province of Quebec to allow the construction of the English-language secondary school over the next few years.
Some 0.29 hectares were also sold to the City of Quebec for road improvements along Hochelaga Boulevard.
As for the remaining 11 hectares, DND said it was still in discussion with “interested parties”. In the past, the Innu community of Mashteuiatsh, in Lac-Saint-Jean, has also shown its interest in this space.
In addition to the developments in Sainte-Foy, Mayor Marchand and Grand Chief Vincent were to discuss several common issues on Monday morning, including the revitalization of the Saint-Charles River and Bastien Boulevard.
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