Northern Quebec is home to First Nations and Inuit communities who are claiming rights to safe, affordable, resilient and meaningful living environments – respectful of their culture and their land.
Here are highlights of our collaborative journey in support
of the needs, words and worldviews of Indigenous communities in Quebec – Innu of Nitassinan, Inuit of Nunavik and Anishinaabeg of Nitakinan.
Tshinashkumitin to the late Jean-Guy Rock, wise and kind member of Innu Takuaikan Uashat Mak Mani-Utenam. We learned a lot from his love of Nitassinan. (Photo A.B. Cartier 2018)
Our main goal : empowering local stakeholders along the way.
Together, we imagine places and tools that fit their values and desires by sharing and speaking out about what is important.
It is not about fiding recipes but rater about integrating all kinds of knowledge into creative ways of doing and building as we move towards shared visions for housing, facilities, villages.
'' I saw these students come up with ideas that I can never think of. Basically, they were thinking outside the box. ''
Tunu Napartuk (RAIC, Ottawa, 2019)
Former Mayor of Kuujjuaq at National Urban Design Award
'' We have to demonstrate that we can do things differently. Patience and audacity to change things ! ''
Gaëlle André-Lescop (Quebec City, 2018)
Mamuitun Tribal Council at Mamu Metuetau Launch