The territory that we have always frequented has its centre around Pekuakami, between the 47th and 52nd parallels north, and between the longitudes of 70 and 74 degrees west.  Thanks to a greatly divided hydrographic network, the water courses which feed the great lake have long been used as the main access routes to get to our territories.

Each of these great rivers which feed the Pekuakami has its own importance, but some are more important than others.  The Ashuapmushuan, Péribonka, Mistassini and Mistassibi rivers allow access to the northern territories, while the Métabetchouan river provides access to the Saguenay and the territories located more to the south.

Across all of these stretches of water, and with seasonal migration, the characteristic of our nation was that it was centred on the family – family oriented.  On a given territory marked by waterways an extended family could practise its traditional activities.   However since the fundamental element was survival, everyone took part in supplying the family.  For example, when the father of the family, often with his brothers and older sons, left the dwelling to organise a trap line, women and children placed snares for hares and small traps for weasel, marten and squirrel.