THE NIBIISCHII NATIONAL PARK: The place where great rivers are born
In parallel, Mireille is also working on the creation of the Nibiischii National Park on behalf of the Cree Nation of Mistissini with the Ministry of Forests, Wildlife, and Parks.
This project will protect nearly 12,000 square kilometers of territory, from the great lac Mistassini to the splendid Otish Mountains. The major orientations of the park project are numerous, including the conservation of Nibiischii - the hydrological hub of Quebec, as well as the protection of woodland caribou. However, this unique future park aims above all at the protection and the development of the living heritage, the Cree way of life - Eenou pimaatisiiwin.
"A national park is about taking a representative sample of a region and putting it under a glass bubble to preserve its beauty and integrity in perpetuity. It is a place where living heritage lives on and is celebrated. But this bubble must have a door that is always wide open to welcome people from here and elsewhere, to let them discover and live exceptional nature-culture experiences."
The national park is expected to come into being in 2022. It will recover nearly 4,000 square kilometers that are currently under the management of the wildlife reserve, including the sectors of lac Albanel and baie Pénicouane.
But regular visitors have nothing to fear. The activities and services currently offered will remain.
Curious about the fishing experience? Read Hooké's story at the lacs Albanel-Mistassini-and-Waconichi Wildlife Reserve.