Autonomy and negotiation

In the area of autonomy and the wish for auto-determination, the Pekuakamiulnuatsh have always given proof of openness and being ahead of their time.  Its geographic situation (accessibility) versus the manifestation of a culture that tends to hold together, is such that the Pekuakamiulnuatsh became builders.  The autonomy acquired in dispensing services to the population was only a sample of the initiatives that mark their history.  At the beginning of the 1980’s, the Montagnais (Innu) and the Atikamekw got together to form the Council of the Atikamekw and the Montagnais, in order to start negotiations with the governments and in order to be autonomous in the destiny of our people, based on the recognition of ancestral rights.

Today, this great work continues and the Pekuakamiulnuatsh are continuing to negotiate with the Federal and Provincial Governments with the hope of a favourable outcome.