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Innu

Called "Mountaineers" by early French explorers, due to their home among the small mountains of the Côte-Nord region, Innu is the most populous Nation in Quebec. In Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean (Pekuakami), they are known as the llnus.

 

The innu-amun language is still very much in use, and the culture includes various talents, such as renowned writers, poets, and singers. This thousand-year-old Nation offers visitors a distinct, authentic tourism industry.

 

Innu-aimun is an Algonquian language spoken by the Innu, who are living in 11 communities located in the regions of the Côte-Nord (North Shore), Nord-du-Québec (Northern Quebec), Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and Labrador regions.

 

Innu-aimun, Cree and Atikamekw form a linguistic continuum that extends from the Gulf of St. Lawrence to the Rocky Mountains.

 

Although it is spoken by more than 10,000 people, the Innu language is threatened with extinction. Efforts are underway to find constructive and effective solutions for its revitalization and preservation.

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