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QAHN "Heritage Talks" Lecture Series presents "Anishinabe Heritage of the Outaouais," with Chief Roger Fleury, educator, activist and Wes Darou, D.Ed., engineer, writer

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April 05, 2018
7-8 p.m.
Entry Fees: 
Free admission.
Wakefield Community Centre, 38 Chemin de la Vallée, Wakefield


Long before Europeans arrived, Tenagagan Sipi – the Anishinabe name for the Gatineau River – formed part of vast network of trade routes linking Indigenous peoples from Georgian Bay to the upper St-Maurice Valley. Recent archeological work at the fork of the Gatineau and Ottawa rivers, in fact, shows evidence of regular occupation in Western Quebec dating back at least 6,000 years.

From history and archelology the picture of an ages-old semi-nomadic way of life emerges, with Anishinabe (Algonquin) groups coming together in villages during the warm months to trade and to socialize, and retreating into one-family forest camps during the winter to hunt. Sharing this heritage is a passion for retired history teacher and community elder Roger Fleury, Chief of the Quebec Fort Coulombe Off-reserve Algonquins. Chief Fleury will tell the story of the Anishinabe prior to contact with the French, their subsequent alliances with and involvement in the wars between the French and English, and their gradual loss of control over ancestral lands in the aftermath of colonisation.

How did the Gatineau Valley’s first occupants come to be displaced and moved onto far away reserves? Joining Chief Fleury in this talk, Cantley writer and Quebec Heritage News contributor Wes Darou revisits the policies of Lower Canada’s ministry of settlement which, after 1791, ceased to honour commitments to indigenous peoples, in particular, their land rights. Among those who benefitted directly was a Massachusetts-born timber merchant named Philemon Wright.

This Heritage Talk is proudly sponsored by the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network.

To view the complete Heritage Talks program, click here!