Importance of the rivers for the Pekuakamiulnuatsh

Other than the Saguenay and the Belle River that lead to Lake Kénogami, the Métabetchouan River was the only way into the Laurentide wildlife reserve at the south west of the Pekuakami.

The Métabetchouan trading post was erected there for trading furs, complementing the Ashuapmushuan, Chicoutimi and Tadoussac posts.  It was in place until the second half of the XIXth century.  Of all the areas that touched the passage from a nomadic to a sedentary lifestyle for the Pekuakamiulnuatsh, it was certainly the most important, since it was in exchange for this concession and the one at Péribonka that the Pekuakamiulnuatsh acquired the one at Pointe-Bleue.

The first accounts of the fur trade in the region were written by the Jesuit missionaries in their reports, but it is through the Tadoussac records that we find the most pertinent information on the creation of this post.


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