A hundred years of logging threatens the Innu link to their land

By  Louis De Grandpre, David Gervais, and Marie-Helene Rousseau “Nutshimit,” which means “the interior of the land,” is Innu poet Josephine Bacon’s favourite word because it is intimately linked to Innu identity. Nutshimit, the place where the Innu soul is deposited, is what created the links with the land that have ensured the survival and cultural and social development of the Innu over the millennia. Atik, the woodland caribou, is the most important element that has helped foster links between the Innu and the land. Unfortunately, the interior has been undergoing major transformations for several years now. So much so that in the southern part of the Nitassinan of the Innu of Pessamit, on Quebec’s North Shore, this age-old link with the land is being erased as logging continues to…

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