About Mashteuiatsh

Mashteuiatsh is the only Aboriginal community in Saguenay—Lac-Saint-Jean. It is located only a few kilometres from downtown Roberval, on the west shore of Pekuakami – the Ilnu name of the vast expanse of water that is Saint-Jean Lake. Prior to becoming the current location of the community in 1856, Mashteuiatsh – meaning, “where there is a point” – was an exceptional gathering place for thousands of years.

The term Pekuakamiulnuatsh (Ilnuatsh of Pekuakami) refers to the residents of the community. For thousands of years, the Pekuakamiulnuatsh have occupied the immeasurable territory that stretches far beyond Mashteuiatsh and the lake’s watershed.

The majority of the 6,626 Pekuakamiulnuatsh First Nation members are established in Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean, and principally reside in Mashteuiatsh.

Their interest and concern for natural resource development is paramount. They need to find a proper balance between environment, economy, and other key aspects of their culture and lifestyle; the latter being distinctive elements of their identity, which they want to protect and pass on from generation to generation, all in a modern context.

This First Nation has always maintained spiritual ties with the land and nature, a powerful root element of their cultural makeup.

The Mashteuiatsh community is proud, dynamic, and entertains a strong partnership with its living environment.

 

See their Website at www.mashteuiatsh.ca

The Mashteuiatsh community is proud, dynamic, and entertains a strong partnership with its living environment.