A new eco-centre in Odanak

A new eco-centre in Odanak

From left to right: Alain O’Bomsawin, Councillor; Samuel Dufour, Director of the Odanak Environment and Land Bureau; Florence Benedict, Councillor; Pascal Théroux, Mayor of Saint-François-du-Lac; Joannie Beaupré, GMR Project Manager; Éric Descheneaux, Mayor of Pierreville; Rick O’Bomsawin, Chef d’Odanak; Jacques T. Watso, Advisor and Yolaine Lampron, Executive Director of Saint-Elphège

The Abenaki Council of Odanak and its Environment and Land Office (BETO) are proud to announce the construction of a brand new ecocentre in their community. The new facilities, which will begin construction in mid-May, will also be made available to the neighbouring municipalities of Saint-Elphège, Saint-François-du-Lac and Pierreville. As a result, nearly 5,000 people will be able to benefit from this new service as of next July, responding to the growing interest and concern for environmental protection.

This ambitious project will be made possible in part through funding from Aboriginal Services Canada (ASC). The Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Aboriginal Services, has nothing but good things to say about the latter: “Congratulations to the Abenakis of Odanak for this eco-responsible and unifying project. The Government of Canada is proud to support this initiative, which will contribute to the prosperity and self-sufficiency of residents of the community and surrounding municipalities. ”The new eco-centre is above all a project that caps the environmental efforts made since the closure of the region’s largest illegal dump almost three decades ago. Indeed, the establishment of such an infrastructure represents a significant advance for waste management in the sector since access to nearby ecocentres (Drummondville and Pierre de Saurel) is an unlikely alternative. In 2018, BETO had prepared a portrait of the community’s needs by evaluating the use and traffic of the mixed materials recovery centre already in place. The clear results of this analysis and the evaluation of partnership opportunities have made it possible to set up a system adapted for the future ecocentre and an intermunicipal collaboration project. The Chief of the Odanak community, Mr. Rick O’Bomsawin, says he is very happy to see this project finally come to fruition. “All efforts, big or small, allow us to honour our roles and responsibilities as guardians of this land. In addition, we believe that working with neighbouring municipalities reinforces the positive impact that this recycling initiative will have on our lands. “This opinion is shared by the mayor of the municipality of St-François-du-Lac, Pascal Théroux, who says he is proud to have a good collaboration with the community of Odanak since “it has helped to meet an urgent need, namely the adequate elimination of various materials, at a reasonable cost and accessible near our territory”.

The development of this partnership is not only intended to be a platform for mutual assistance and cooperation that promotes ties between Aboriginal people and Allochthones, but also to provide the Odanak community with the opportunity to further sort materials at source through diversified recycling channels, in addition to achieving greater financial autonomy in the management of large waste and mixed materials.

As Joannie Beaupré, responsible for waste management at BETO, points out, “Mutual assistance is an emblematic value of Aboriginal culture. It is therefore very rewarding for the Abenakis of Odanak to be the instigators of a large-scale partnership with the surrounding villages, but above all to have developed such a project in collaboration with a majority of indigenous organizations such as the FNQLSDI, the technical services of the Grand Council of the Waban-Aki Nation, not to mention the valuable advice of the other Nations that have been there. » The future ecocentre will be located on the same site as the former Odanak landfill, however, from July onwards, the latter will be accessible via a new segment funded by SAC. Until the official opening of this eco-centre, the community of Odanak will be running a temporary support service. The accepted materials, user rules and regulations, opening hours, as well as the itinerary to get there (intersection of Skamonal and Managuan streets), are available on the Facebook page of the Odanak Environment and Land Office. The back-up depot site will be open as of May 9, 2019 for residents of Odanak and as of May 23, 2019 for residents of other municipalities.




The first UNESCO Chair of UQAC – Université du Québec à Chicoutimi is celebrating its first year of existence. This Chair focuses on cultural transmission among First Nations people as a dynamic of well-being and empowerment.

David Bernard, Research Officer for the Grand Council of the Waban-Aki Nation, and Marie-Ève Vollant, Director of the Cultural Sector at the Tshakapesh Institute, present the achievements of this Chair.



Government of Canada announces investment in women’s organizations in Quebec City

Government of Canada announces investment in women’s organizations in Quebec City

Women’s organizations provide essential services in communities, and help women and girls enjoy financial security, live free from violence and be able to participate in all spheres of the economy and society. For too long, however, these organizations have been underfunded, underestimated and weakened. The Government of Canada recognizes that women’s organizations are the cornerstone of the women’s movement; maintaining and increasing their capacity to do this important work is the most effective way to promote gender equality.

That is why, on April 26, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Family, Children and Social Development and Member of Parliament for Québec, on behalf of the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of International Development and Minister of Women and Gender Equality, announced that the Government of Canada will invest over $2.4 million in 10 organizations in Québec.

During the announcement made to the Association YWCA de Québec, Minister Duclos highlighted the organizations that will receive the funding, namely

  • Association YWCA Québec
  • Atikamekw Sipi – Council of the Atikamekw Nation
  • Tuque Native Friendship Centre
  • Women’s Resources Center of Beauport
  • Cree Women’s Association of Eeyou Istche
  • Development fund dedicated to women’s entrepreneurship
  • Grand Council of the Waban-Aki Nation Inc.
  • Inuit Women’s Association of Saturviit
  • Table of Consultation of the Women’s Movement of Mauricie
  • Val-d’Or Native Friendship Center

The Grand Council of the Waban-Aki Nation will receive $ 49,427 in funding for its W8banakiak Women’s Knowledge Mobilization Project in the management of Ndakinna territory.

This investment will increase the participation of W8banakiak women in the Ndakinna office to ensure that services provided to women in the community are equal and inclusive.

“We are committed to promoting a sense of belonging and community identity among all W8banakiak. With this support from the Government of Canada, we can ensure that women receive equal support from all the services we provide. »

Ten of the more than 250 women’s and Aboriginal women’s organizations across Canada receive funding through the Government of Canada’s Capacity Building Fund. The funding is the result of the Budget 2018 announcement of $100 million over five years to support a viable and sustainable women’s movement across Canada.


Project W, the show | A seventh edition all new

Project W, the show | A seventh edition all new

In a few days, Project W – The show will amaze you with its brand new concept. Unlike previous years, when the W project offered an evening in the form of a fashion show, this spring’s event will focus on Abenaki cultural richness through the fusion of the various talents of the Abenaki. In addition, participants of all ages will be on stage to present performances inspired by the traditions of their Nation. Translated with

It is at the Nicolet Centre des arts populaires, on May 4, at 7 p.m., that members of the Abenaki communities of Odanak and Wôlinak will present the results of the work they have accomplished over the past few weeks. Whether it is through an art exhibition, a video or a performance of traditional dance, song or drumming, everything that will be presented during this evening will testify to the pride that participants show in the cultural richness of the Abenaki nation. Translated with

During this evening, the public can expect a unique experience thanks to what the W project team has reserved for them. Whether it is through the tribute dedicated to the elders or through the colourful performances that will be presented to them throughout the evening, spectators will undoubtedly be amazed to see the extent of Abenaki talent. As Marc-Olivier O’Bomsawin, co-lead of Project W, points out, “the purpose of this event is to ensure that people in the region can witness not only the talent of the participants, but also their strong feelings of belonging and pride felt through their involvement in this project. »

“Thanks to the W show and the positive values it conveys, the communities of Wôlinak and Odanak have the opportunity to shine at the regional level,” says Michel Thibeault, Director of Social Services and co-responsible for the W Project.

Tickets are currently in pre-sale at a cost of $8 at the Waban-Aki Nation Grand Council office, Wôlinak and the Odanak family room. It will also be available at the door on the evening of the parade for $10.

This project is an initiative of the First Nations Child and Family Service (FNCFS) of the Grand Council of the Waban-Aki Nation in collaboration with the Health Centres and Band Councils of Odanak and Wôlinak.


A show by Florent Vollant to help the Bécancour River

A show by Florent Vollant to help the Bécancour River

Green Ireland, which hosts cultural programming at the Holy Trinity Heritage Site in Ireland, is organizing a major benefit show for the protection of the Bécancour River, in collaboration with the Association for the Protection of Trout Lake Ireland (APLTI).

On May 25, they will receive the famous Innu singer-songwriter Florent Vollant, who has agreed to support this cause.

Beyond the simple fundraising (the profits will be paid to APLTI), they want this event to be a great mobilization for the environment and for the protection of our waterways.

Tickets are already on sale online at

You will find more information about this show on their website:


“The language that didn’t want to die” | The Cultural

“The language that didn’t want to die” | The Cultural

In this International Year of Indigenous Languages, one cannot imagine a more endangered language than Abenaki, which is now spoken by only five people in the world. Among them, we brought together three of them: Monique Nolett-Ille, a retired teacher who held her tongue at arm’s length for 12 years until Philippe Charland, an Aboriginal man who had fallen so in love with the language that he became the reference teacher, arrived. And then there is Daniel G. Nolett, Executive Director of the Abenaki Council of Odanak, an essential pillar of Abenaki culture. Thanks to them, the miracle of the survival of this beautiful and complex language continues.

As for the next generation, it is embodied in Bianca Gill and Sigwanis Lachapelle, two young women who continue their apprenticeship, giving hope that, once again, the Abenaki will survive and continue to make themselves heard.

But why persist in keeping alive a language that is now spoken only by a handful of people? The question should not even arise:

“Language is the basis of culture. If you lose the language, you lose a large part of the culture.” (Daniel G. Nolett)


Coordination: Patrick Douville Regional Production Technician: Stéphanie Collins Director, editor and camera: Jean-Luc Daigle Camera: Renaud De Repentigny Sound recording: Pierre Brouillette-Hamelin

Thanks to Prudence Hannis and all the staff of the Kiuna Institution in Odanak.