First nation knowledge - Okwari Le Fjord
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Savoirs Autochtones - Okwari

PRICE: $44.50+tx — $28+tx for children (5-12 years old)

MEETING POINT: Bec-Scie Outdoor Center at 9:00 a.m., 7400 Chem. des Chutes, The Bay, QC G7B 3N8

WHEN: every day from 9:00 a.m. to 12 p.m.

 

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Note that this activity does not include meals or snacks.
Monique Tremblay - Guide Okwari
Monique Tremblay - Guide Okwari

Your experienced guides

Monique Tremblay

Ms. Tremblay has a master’s degree in plant ecology and a bachelor’s degree in biological science. She has a great ability to popularize. Her artistic, historical and natural environment knowledge will greatly contribute to making you live an authentic experience.

While hiking, on the edge of a lake in the middle of the territory or aboard a Rabaska canoe (large traditional canoe), Monique will invite you to take part in a wildlife interpretation experience and boreal flora and according to the seasons. Sharing a unique moment in his company, you will be able to learn more about the first peoples thanks to his expertise and the writings of Érik Langevin, professor in the department of human and social sciences and head of the archeology laboratory (UQAC).

After having worked for more than 30 years at the site of New France where she developed a great expertise at the historical level, we are proud to count Monique today among our expert guides within Okwari le Fjord.

Viky Tremblay - guide Okwari
Viky Tremblay - guide Okwari

Viky Tremblay

A native of Saguenay, Viky Tremblay has been working as a guide for Contact Nature since 2015. She has an Attestation of Collegial Studies (AEC in french) in ecotourism and adventure guide. Her good humor and her strong knowledge of the territory will contribute to making you live a most authentic experience.

We invite you to participate in craft creation activities, all associated with traditional Indigenous knowledge. From the raw material that nature offers us, you will learn how to make all kinds of objects that are as functional as they are of high symbolic value. These workshops will allow you to learn more about Aboriginal know-how.

Finally, a shuttle service will accompany you to the reception of the Center Plein Air Bec-Scie at 12:00.

DETAILS OF THIS ACTIVITY

Monday: Moose

WHERE: first nations site (meeting point at Center Plein air Bec-Scie at 9:00 a.m.)
WHEN: Mondays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.



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The moose, the giant of our forests, was of great importance in the diet of nomadic peoples, just like the caribou. A moose could provide a family group with the equivalent of 200 or 300 individual meals, but also its bones, tendons, antlers and beautiful hide. The latter was particularly useful for weaving snowshoes or making drums.

Its plume provided tools for cutting stone, tool handles and jewelry.

We invite you to craft, among other things, a moose antler necklace.

Bespoke!

 

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Tuesday: the talking stick

WHERE: first nations site (meeting point at Center Plein air Bec-Scie at 9:00 a.m.)
WHEN: Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.



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The “Talking Stick” has been and still is the essential native tool for successful constructive meetings: the person who has it speaks all his thoughts and the others listen, everyone will have his round. This ritual object preserves the good relations of the group, it is handled with respect and carefully preserved.

Let’s enjoy a hike in the forest to observe and discuss the history of the territory. We will then take the time to personalize your Pâton de Parole by adorning it with natural objects such as pearls, feathers, fur and many others.

We invite you to come and make magnificent Talking Sticks or Walking Sticks with us, inspired by those of the natives.

Let your creative spirit flow!

 

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Wednesday: the stones

WHERE: first nations site (meeting point at Center Plein air Bec-Scie at 9:00 a.m.)
WHEN: Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 



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The art of carving stone has been passed down from generation to generation since the dawn of mankind. Cut stones are among the oldest signs of human work that archaeologists can find.

It is an art that tends to disappear when new materials appear, such as iron and copper. Let’s try to perpetuate a little of this know-how despite the absence of people who, for their survival, have developed it with great talent. Come strike the stone and try to make a point, an ax or a mortar.

Beware of small chips!

 

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Thursday: wood

WHERE: first nations site (meeting point at Center Plein air Bec-Scie at 9:00 a.m.)
WHEN: Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.



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A very accessible and versatile material, wood has always been part of everyone’s life. Among the natives living here before colonization, it supported camps, reinforced bark canoes, formed tool handles, bowls, spoons, etc. Even the deteriorated wood was still useful for heating the camp and cooking.

It also had great importance in the manufacture of hunting and fishing tools: traps, spears, harpoons, hooks, not to mention the bow and arrows. Could you do the same?

We invite you to come sculpt your bow with an arrow or a bowl and a spoon.

Watch your fingers!

 

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Friday: Bones

WHERE: first nations site (meeting point at Center Plein air Bec-Scie at 9:00 a.m.)
WHEN: Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

 

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Nowadays, those who hunt generally keep only the finest pieces of meat and/or the skin. The Ilnu who lived for a long time solely on the resources of the forest, used to use almost everything from the animal: meat, skin, tendons, bones, antlers, hooves, stomachs, and much more.

Bone is a very strong material that works quite well. It makes it possible to make fine tools like needles, or strong enough to carve wood. We can also make complex shapes such as fish hooks, harpoon tips and jewelry.

Come experience the work of this unique material that will make plastic jealous!

Patience is key!

 

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Saturday: Birchbark

WHERE: first nations site (meeting point at Center Plein air Bec-Scie at 9:00 a.m.)
WHEN: Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

 

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Waterproof, resistant, malleable and light, birch bark has enabled nomads in our regions to make essential elements for survival in the boreal environment: portable camps, canoes, baskets, pots, etc.

Come and familiarize yourself with this 100% natural and biodegradable but durable material. We invite you to make simple objects like a spoon, a basket or a moose call that you can keep and use.

WARNING! Do not strip bark from living trees!!!

 

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Sunday: pottery

WHERE: first nations site (meeting point at Center Plein air Bec-Scie at 9:00 a.m.)
WHEN: Mondays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

 

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Clay pots, earthenware cooked over a fire, were once used by the Iroquoians of the St. Lawrence who traveled here. Their use on our continent dates back to the beginnings of agriculture, around 9,000 years ago in Central America. Clay, also called loam, is abundant in our territory and allows the manufacture of good quality objects.

Come put your hands on the ground and shape antique-style pottery, plates, figurines or other objects of your choice. You will be able to discover how to use this natural resource which also has amazing properties in medicine and agriculture.

OOPS! It’s a bit messy!

 

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SUSTAINABLE, RESPONSIBLE AND REGENERATIVE TOURISM

Your choice makes the difference!

By participating in this activity, you are contributing to efforts to preserve the environment. Contact Nature joins forces with various research and development partners to provide support for the financing of their efforts.

Contact Nature has also been committed since 2020 to a sustainable development policy:

  • Environmental Dimension: Maintaining the integrity of our environment to ensure the health and safety of humans and their ecosystems.
  • Social dimension: Considering the social consequences of our activities, the problems of inequalities, working and living conditions.
  • Economic dimension: Reconciling the viability of our organization with ethical principles such as environmental protection, responsible production and consumption.

Sustainable development and regeneration of the territory are at the heart of Okwari Le Fjord’s priorities. Among the many actions implemented each year, we note in particular the compensation of GHG emissions generated by the use of our vehicles and our work computers.

Contact Nature proudly participates in the international collective 1 % FOR THE PLANET and donates 1% of its turnover to the Outdoors Fund 1% for the planet.

Contact Nature has obtained a certificate of eco-responsible distinction with a rating of 85% with the program The Green Pages.