Fur trading

During the contact period, the treatment or trade in furs took on great importance for the whole of the Ilnu Nation and constituted the means for commerce. Even though already in place before the contact period, the fur trade network greatly influenced our life and the practice of our hunting and trapping activities.  The course of the Ashuapmushuan River and Lac Nicabau, situated on the Pekuakamiulnuatsh territory, was one of the most important communication routes to be used in North America, since it constituted a veritable commercial highway between Tadoussac (the St-Laurent River) and James Bay (Hudson Bay).