Opitciwan and the Plan Nord: Forestry, Protests, and Declarations of Sovereignty

By Sarah Amira Aldridge

The Atikamekw Nation includes Manawan, Wemotaci, and Opitciwan. The three communities are located around the Upper Sainte-Maurice River and in the Valley of Quebec. Within the context of the Plan Nord, Opitciwan is the only Atikamekw Community that is above the infamous 49th parallel. The economic interest the Plan Nord has in seizing this resourceful geographical area is the forestry industry. Sawmills in and around Opitciwan have been in development since the 1800’s and by the early 1900’s it had been established as a paper and pulp mill community. Read More

Innu Protest at Salon Plan Nord

By Shiann Wahéhshon Whitebean

On April 21, 2012, a protest was held at Palais de Congrés in Montreal where the Salon du Plan Nord (Plan Nord Job Fair) took place (Montreal Gazette Videos, 2012). At this time there were daily protests against tuition hikes being held by Montreal students, and as a result there were hundreds of protestors on the premises. A bus load of Innu came from Uashat mak Mani-Utenam to protest the Charest Government’s Plan Nord and were joined by Mohawks from Kahnawá:ke Read More