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The Past, Present and Future of Gesgapegiag Tourism

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Learn about tourism in this Mi’gmaq community located in Quebec's Gapésie.

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The Past, Present and Future of Gesgapegiag Tourism

  1. 1. Gesgapegiag Tourism The past, present and future of
  2. 2. Past The first church dates back to 1914. Materials were recycled to build a new church circa 1963; it became a key tourism feature. Present Thanks to community support and various fundraising, the church is now being restored following a fire. Future The completion of the project will also feature a museum and cultural space for our community. Kateri Tekakwitha Mission
  3. 3. Past Established in 1963, artisan production and demand increased to where a wholesale operation developed; tourism influenced success. Present In 2012, the Handicraft Coop was moved to a new building in a different location; suffered a decline in tourists and production. Future Current efforts promote a new generation of basket makers and ash harvesters; reviving the market-readiness of the Coop. The Cooperative
  4. 4. Past Fished Lobster, Rock Crab; selling only to fish markets off-reserve. Present Midshore, Inshore development; Joneve was established in 2014. Wholesale fisheries and Lobster Hut proves successful. Future Success inspires new Kelp project, Salaweg, as well as an expansion project for Gesgapegiag Lobster Hut. Gesgapegiag Lobster Hut
  5. 5. Past In 1980, an Economic Development plan was initiated. In 1982, Gesgapegiag owned the Relais La Cache on route 299. Lack of development funds led to selling the property in 1985. Present Gesgapegiag owns the Relais La Cache; moving forward on business and operational plans. Future Tourists enjoy a Mi’gmaq-influenced outfitting business. Jobs are created for community members. The Cache
  6. 6. Past The Powwow-circuit & social engagement at festivals, were a few ways to take in Aboriginal culture. Accommodations available were camping or billeting with family/friends. Present Teamwork and forward-thinking results in the purchase of a Chalet property nearby and a Powwow Grounds Restoration project. Future Tourists have Mi’gmaq-themed accommodations, eco-workshops, and access to authentic cultural understanding. Jobs are created in Gesgapegiag. Chalets de l’Anse-Ste-Helene
  7. 7. The Micmacs of Gesgapegiag Band are dedicated to identifying next-steps that support our traditional core values, business development, and coordination to implement a sustainable tourism strategy for Gesgapegiag First Nations.

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