The inspiration for this project comes from an initiative instigated by the coop Nitaskinan of the Atikamekw Nation. A few years ago, the coop undertook the colossal endeavour of recovering the symbols and identity of the Atikamekw Nation.
With the help of our partners, we are currently identifying the artefacts stored in museums or kept in family homes. Historians are also searching through archives for mentions or descriptions of symbols.
“It’s like looking for our footprints in time.”
– Richard Kistabish
In collaboration with Anicinabe communities, discussion tables were created to examine the items gathered and identify federating symbols. The full reports outlining the process and the results will be shared with the communities.