Innu have been coming to the Mingan Archipelago beach for thousands of years to hunt, fish and gather food. (Ossie Michelin) For thousands of years, the Innu #First Nation of northeastern Quebec and Labrador have been watching over the land. No one knows this area, known as among the Innu as Nitassinan, better than them.
That is why conservation organizations like Parks Canada and the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) are reaching out to partner with the Innu for their mutual benefit.
"Groups like UNESCO can benefit from our #Indigenous knowledge to create policies and measures to protect the environment," said Raymond Rousselot, a band councillor with the Pessamit Innu First Nation.
"Our partnership with UNESCO becomes a symbol of honour, it is something our young people can be proud of, and it is proof to the outside world we value our land."
On National #Aboriginal Day this year, the community of Pessamit and other Innu communities on the North Shore reaffirmed the partnership they had made with UNESCO 10 years ago.
The Manicouagan–Uapishka Biosphere Reserve was first designated in 2007 by UNESCO and since then, it has helped the Innu preserve and protect over 3,000 square kilometres of the their traditional habitat. An unmarked river inland along the way to the Manicouagan–Uapishka Biosphere Reserve, which was first designated by UNESCO in 2007. (Ossie Michelin) ‘The land belongs to everyone’
With the new agreement this year, a program is being developed to bring Innu youth up to partner with researchers, share knowledge of the land and learn valuable research skills.
"These kinds of connections are important because we depend on our territory and the environment for our food and culture. The purpose of an Indigenous person is to protect their environment and our way of life," explained Rousselot."We are part of the […]
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