The lakes and rivers

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For us, the hydrographic network of Saguenay – Lac Saint-Jean and even further afield, constitutes in some way, a favoured network of routes for movement over the territory, and allows daily and seasonal survival according to our hunter-gatherer lifestyle.  The centre of this water and forest universe, was the Pekuakami, an Ilnu word that later would be named Lac Saint-Jean, and means «flat lake».  The most important are the Péribonka and Ashuapmushuan rivers, as well as the combination of the Mistassini and Mistassibi rivers that join before reaching Pekuakami.  Even though less navigable than the first two, the Mistassini and Mistassibi rivers allow us to reach territories that without them would very difficult to access.

As for the Métabetchouan, Ouiatchouan and other rivers, their ranges were much less and their navigability much more limited.