Max Gros-Louis

Max Gros-Louis, or Oné-Onti, politician, businessman (born at Huron Village IR, Loretteville, Qué 6 Aug 1931). After working as a surveyor's labourer and travelling salesman, he became a producer of pan-Indigenous handicrafts and manager of a Huron dance troupe.

Max Gros-Louis, or Oné-Onti, politician, businessman (born at Huron Village IR, Loretteville, Qué 6 Aug 1931). After working as a surveyor's labourer and travelling salesman, he became a producer of pan-Indigenous handicrafts and manager of a Huron dance troupe. First elected chief of the Huron of Lorette in 1964, he was involved in the Indians of Canada pavilion at Expo 67, in the foundation of the Indians of Quebec Association (secretary and spokesman, 1966-73), and in the National Indian Brotherhood (Québec representative, 1970). As a publicist claiming to speak for Québec Indigenous peoples, and as a community leader advocating individualist approaches to economic and social problems, he has differed with Indigenous groups and other groups over land claims and relations with non-Aboriginal governments. His autobiography, First Among the Huron, was published in 1973.