The Maliseet Nation
Now a day, the Cacouna reserve (the smallest in Canada) is still not inhabited full time. In 1989, the Quebec government recognized the Maliseet as the eleventh Aboriginal Nation of the province.
Their population is estimated at 570 people and are spread out over a large region in the province of Quebec.
Road directions :
1. The administrative office for the Nation is located on the Cacouna reserve, at 16 km east of Rivière-du-Loup, and is acceeible by road 132 or Highway 20-exit 514.
2. The Whitworth reserve is located 30 km south of Rivière-du-Loup and is accessible by road 185/85
*The Origin of Viger Reservation was an 1826 petition when a group of New-Brunswick Maliseet presented a petition to the Governor General of Lower and Upper Canada.
They were requesting land in the Lower St. Lawrence area as well as a desire to emigrate to Lower Canada. They received a favorable response to their petition. This grant became the first Indian reserve in Québec created by the Canadian authorities. Read some more...
Election june 10, 2012
Elections were held on the week-end of june 9-10, 2012. Mrs. Anne Archambault was re elected as the Grand Chief of the Viger Band for a 4th term.
Madame Archambault recieved a grand total of 308 votes (74%) compared to 83 votes for Bernard Jenniss and 16 votes for Guy Launière, the other 2 candidates involved in this election which drew 407 electors.
The Band Council of the Viger Maliseet
Grand Chief of the Maliseet Nation
Anne Archambault 09 June 2008 - re elected june 10, 2012
Jean Genest 01 Jan. 2005 - 07Feb. 2006
Anne Archambault 1999 - 2004
Bernard Jenniss ? - 1999
Membres of the Band Council - Elections june 10, 2012
Carol Dallaire Councillor
Amélie Larouche Councillor
Anny Rioux Councillor
Sébastien Thibeault Councillor
Web Site (http://www.malecites.ca/)
217, rue de la Grève
Telephone : (418) 860-2393 or 888-399-2393
FAX : (418) 867-3418
La Maison Launière
The Viger Maliseet First Nation of Cacouna, Quebec, in partnership with the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, the Secrétariat aux Affaires autochtones du Québec and the Canada Millennium Partnership Program, has enhanced the only heritage building of the Maliseet First Nation.
Maison Launière de Cacouna is now used for accommodation and development. In addition, the outbuildings are used for workshops to demonstrate the art of basketry, an ancient Maliseet tradition that flourished when Cacouna was a very popular resort.
Outside, the site was enhanced with old photographs and silk-screened illustrations on glass, accompanied by texts, that convey the daily lives of the Maliseet of yesterday. Maison Launière of Cacouna will be a cultural facility for many different publics and a healing, learning and dissemination facility for the Maliseet of today and tomorrow
Source: Canada and the Millennium
Wulustuk inn (hotel Dufferin) located at 115 rue Principale Ouest, is the new home to the Café-Bistro Matuwesh with a "native flavour".
* Roughly translated, Wulustuk means peaceful and tranquil river and place
** This establishment is currently closed due to various reasons.**
NOTE: After more than 15 years on the web, this web site will close down on September 1, 2015.
NEW: Probably the oldest of the Indian legends of Canada. A tale of cooperation between the Mi'kmaw and the Maliseet against the Iroquois. The Isle of Massacre by William Carson Woods.