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State of the Territory

Nitassinan, this vast territory in North-Eastern Quebec has been guarded jealously by the Innu for 8,000 years. The nomadic Innu walked it and took care of it with the purpose of passing it on to further generations. However, the Europeans who arrived about 400 years ago see it rather as a reservoir of consumer goods for their own use.

The Nitassinan

4:55 min. - Innu territory was greatly transformed by industrialization. The following is an illustration of the subject of Philippe Mckenzie’s song, as he presents the state of the territory.

Transcription

Music - Philippe Mckenzie
I had a big territory.
Today, it’s almost unbelievable.
We live together.
With all our brothers.
We live together.
So we won’t worry too much.
Those mountains ripped open.
For the pleasure of greed.
Again to better exploit.
All these flooded lands.
With dismesured projects.
Hey hey hey

Water-filled mine crater near Schefferville
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