Of all commercial activities in Canada during the contact period, fur was the basic element.  As we live in a territory where fur was very abundant, it was not surprising to note the fact that the Pekuakamiulnuatsh territory was so coveted.  For us, fur was so important as it constituted, among other things, our clothes and it represented our ultimate protection against the great cold of winter.

It was on the beaver that all the value attributed to fur reposed.  The beaver became the currency ‘par excellence’ and within the fur trade the beaver was at the centre of commerce.