The Atikamekw First Nation managed to keep their traditional language, their culture and their land. Atikamekw means whitefish in Atikamek. A "whitefish lake first nation" considered one of the best eating fish there is.
Atikamekw First Nation who are members of the Algonquian language family and who are known for their famous birch bark expertise and for the canoes they create and build. Three Atikamek bands and four communities in the Mauricie region of Quebec.
The mission and the vision of the Economic and Social Development plan prepared by the Council of the Atikamekw First Nation are divided into five strategic areas: employability, entrepreneurship, funding, business networks and Atikamekw industries.
Employability as in "rapidly Increase the employment rate of the Atikamekw"; entrepreneurship as in "support those who wish to create an SME; funding as in "Increase access to financing";
Business Networks as in "create synergies between the Council, the Atikamekw, the communities and their external partners". Atikamekw Industries as in "Identify and develop compliant activities to the values and the culture of the Atikamekw..
The economic and social development mission of the Atikamekw Council is to coordinate local economic development projects and to organize a dynamic and efficient entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Its vision is to promote the Atikamekw economy by applying specific principles in order to protect its territory, to insure its prosperity and to preserve the sustainability of its traditions.
Nowadays, the Atikamekw concentrate their efforts on their economic development and on respecting and maintaining their traditions and their environment.
A Conseil where services such as education, social and technical services, language, culture, economic development and document management are provided in their Manawan, Obedjwan and Wemotaci communities.
The Atikamekw created various organizations such as the Services forestiers Atikamekw Aski Inc. categorized under logging camps and contractors. The Atikamekw also Identified and developed activities that are compliant to their values and their culture.
Activities that include a market study and pilot project for "Projet Produits Forestiers Non-Ligneux", the creation of an "Atikamekw COOP", an Analysis of the economic value of the traditional Atikamekw activities and, the creation of an Atikamekw appellation.
They also created Mamo Ateskewin, an association that brings together the hunters, fishermen, trappers and gatherers of their communities. And, they created the Atikamekw Sipi also called the Conseil de la nation Atikamekw. The mission of the Atikamekw Sipi is to represent the Atikamekw and to promote their rights and their interests.
The 10 Quebec First Nations are the Abenakis, Anishinaabeg, Atikamekw, Crees, Huron-Wendats, Innus, Maliseets, Mi'kmaq, Mowhawks and Naskapis plus, the Inuit in Inuit Nunangat.
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