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In the Footsteps of the First Nations Peoples in Eastern Québec

   |   By Anne-Josée Pineau

First Nations peoples are the first known inhabitants of the maritime regions of Québec. While visiting our regions, you’ll have many opportunities to learn more about their rich heritage and vibrant cultures. Participate in interpretive activities to find out more about the history, traditions and ways of life of these communities.

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First Nations People in Côte-Nord: Meet the Innu

   |   By Marine Grimaud

When you visit the immense territory of Côte-Nord, on the north shore of the St. Lawrence, you’ll notice that many place names have an exotic ring. This is because they derive from Innu-aimun, the language spoken by the Innu people. Seven of the nine Innu communities in Québec are found in Côte-Nord.

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First Nations People in Gaspésie: Meet the Mi’gmaq

   |   By Marine Grimaud

When you visit Gaspésie, you’ll notice that some places have unique names based on Mi’gmaq words. The Mi’gmaq people historically referred to themselves as L’nu (or Lnu); the term Mi’gmaq (or Mi’kmaq) means “the family” or “my allies/friends.” Discover this fascinating people and their contribution to contemporary Gaspésie.

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A Vast Cultural Mosaic

   |   By Jean-Marie Fallu

Settlement in the maritime regions of Québec was based on geographic location and coveted natural resources. Over time, people came from just about everywhere to settle on the shores of the Estuary ad Gulf of St. Lawrence, hoping for a better future. Discover the vast cultural mosaic that makes up our regions!

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Discover the Many Treasures of Natashquan!

   |   By Olivier Pierson

Natashquan, which means “where one hunts for bear” in the Innu language, still feels a little bit like the edge of the world, no doubt because this village of nearly 300 people in Côte-Nord was, until very recently, the end of Route 138.

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