Historical/cultural site Obedjiwan

Aire faunique communautaire (AFC) du réservoir Gouin

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Site of interest : Historical/cultural

Obedjiwan

Geographic coordinates

48°39’14’ ‘ N, 74°56’25’ ‘ O

Sector

04

DESCRIPTION

 

The Obedjiwan Indian reserve is situated at the northern extremity of the Gouin Reservoir, about 150 km south of Chibougamau. It is the most isolated Atikamekw reserve in Québec. The reserve was officially created March 21st, 1950. As of 2005, 2 000 Atikamekw call Obedjiwan home. The reserve has a surface area of 8,70 km2. The name Obedjiwan is written Opitciwan in standardized Atikamekw writing. The name signifies «current of the strait».

DID YOU KNOW…?

At the beginning of the 20th century, the Atikamekw people were still nomadic. One of the main reasons families began to settle more permanently at Obedjiwan, as the Hudson Bay Company trading post. After the flooding of the reservoir in 1918, the village had to be relocated 3 km to the west of the previous village.