Importance of the location
The Lake Ashuapmushuan trading post was created at the start of the 1700’s. Its strategic geographical location allowed it to favour the exchange of furs for merchandise and to stop other European competitors trading and to obtain furs from the middle territories and the grand North. From its geographic location, it was the trading post nearest the trapping territories. The trading post was abandoned between 1936 and 1938. Thus it had existed for over 230 years.
For us, the Ashuapmushuan trading post was an important place for meeting with the other nations. Using the Marquette River, we could meet with the Atikamekw; using the Nicabau River, we could meet with the Cree and using the Ashuapmushuan River, we had access to all the nations of the south. Thus the site of the Ashuapmushuan trading post was very important for the Pekuakamiulnuatsh.