April 18, 2024

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Côte-Nord: The community of Pessamit invites tourists

Côte-Nord: The community of Pessamit invites tourists

On the north coast, the Pessamit community is launching a pilot tourism project, Tourisme Pessamit, and the band council wants to promote its history and culture.

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Tour guide Annook St-Onges launches the boat near the Pessamit tourist information booth, which has been open since Monday. She welcomes visitors’ curiosity.

“They asked a lot of questions. They were interested. The fun part is that we’re also able to answer their questions and teach them a few words to explain, because we, like Quebecers, are losing our language.” she said.

Innu is one of five guides who trained for six months at College Merici for the Tourism Pessamit project, which aims to promote community history.

Boat rental is one of the activities offered in the Pessamit Tourism Pilot Project; There is also an autonomous historical and cultural discovery circuit, a living traditional site, as well as guided tours.

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“We went to Nitassinan, we went to the forest, we lived as our ancestors lived, our grandfathers lived. I say hats off to my culture, because they are brave, rolling against the current, going from here to pessamit, going to manic 5, I say hats off, they are very brave and strong people, said Annak Saint. Onge

The rain is not stopping the tour guides. “We still do the circuit inside the community center. However, we do not have the opportunity to show the public the whole historical intersection of the St. Lawrence River, the church, the cemetery, Pessamit.

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We still don’t offer the opportunity to taste Labrador tea, bannocks with blueberry jam,” said Pessamit Tourism Pilot Project Coordinator Alexandra Kanape.

The Vice-Chief of the Innu Council of Pessamit recognizes that there is a demand for Aboriginal tourism, but also sees this new offering as a way to improve understanding between nations.

“With our tourist guides, we are able to offer tourists, who want, to see us, to come and sit with us, to drink tea with us, to understand why when we send messages at the territorial level of protection, to understand why, when we send messages at the territorial level of protection, the minimum we have, now Let’s try to protect what we have left,” added Jerome Bacon, Vice-Chief of the Inu Council of Pessamit. Saint-Onge.

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The tourist information kiosk next to Takutout station in Pessamit on Route 138 is open daily from 9am to 5pm until mid-October.

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