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Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet)

The great Wolastoqiyik Nation includes eight (8) communities: one in Maine, six in New Brunswick and one in Quebec. The Wolastoqiyik Wahsipekuk is the community living in Cacouna, along the south shore of the St. Lawrence River. This Nation has always been known for the quality of its handicrafts, sculpture, ornaments made from porcupine quills, beadwork and basket-making.


Wolastoqey latuwewakon is an Algonquian language spoken in Maine, United States and New Brunswick, Canada.


In Quebec, the language has been dormant for years, but over the past few years, some wolastoqiyik have a real desire to learn the language.


Efforts are being made in Maine and recently in Quebec to counter this decline, namely by setting up programs that aim at protecting and transmitting the language and wolastoqey traditions.

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