What was the most memorable part of this adventure?
Camille: How far from home we feel, far from the Quebec we know, even when we live there. It's such a different region from the rest of Quebec. The territory, its immensity and richness, and the Aboriginal culture have a lot to do with it. When you think you can see polar bears off the coast of Wemindji... In short, traveling in Eeyou Istchee Baie-James is always exciting and immeasurable!
Rachel: My meeting with Anna at her Nuuhchimi Wiinuu cultural camp, near Oujé-Bougoumou. She welcomed us into her camp and at her table with open arms, like a mother. It was a privilege to spend time with her, listening her telling us about her past and sharing her fears for the future. We also shared a delicious stew and I learned how to embroider. It was a very special moment.
How was the region different from the other countries you visited?
Rachel: Eeyou Istchee Baie-James stands out for its unique landscapes. By the richness of its flora and fauna. By the rich and authentic culture of the people who live here. By a history full of hardships unspoken of, which awakens something in us, makes us think and gives us a new perspective on Quebec.
It is one of the most exotic trips I have ever taken, especially within my own province! It should be on the bucket list of all Quebecers.
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