In Upper Mauricie, the Indigenous communities are part of the Atikamekw nation and live on ancestral lands called Nitaskinan, “our land” in Atikamekw. For many years, fishing was an important activity for them, along with hunting and trapping.
Traditionally, each family occupied a territory on which to hunt, trap, fish and pick berries and medicinal plants. The families were often quite large, and these daily activities ensured their survival.
This method of dividing up the territory by family is still common practice for traditional activities like harvesting, hunting and fishing. These activities are highly prized by the First Nations, both as pleasurable pastimes and ways to feed their families, and so the traditions continue. Hunting and fishing are literally part of their DNA.
Constant Awashish, Grand Chief of the Atikamekw Nation
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