excellence awards
 
2015 QUEBEC ABORIGINAL TOURISM AWARDS
 
ARTIST-ARTISAN AWARD
 
ERUOMA AWASHISH
     

Photo credit: Mathieu Dupuis
     A native from the Atikamekw community of Opitciwan, Eruoma Awashish has strong ties with Aboriginal culture, an identity that comes across through her works. A graduate of the bachelor of arts (interdisciplinary) program at Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, Eruoma aims to make her culture more well-known. She blends symbols referencing First Nations culture and Catholicism. Her works, which are regularly exhibited in Quebec, such as at the International Symposium of Contemporary Art of Baie-Saint-Paul or the McCord Museum in Montréal as part of the collective exhibition The Indian Act Revisited, evoking both contrast and mixing, duality and balance, suffering and serenity. In addition to inviting us to view her strong and beautiful works, Eruoma lent us her smile, which adorns the cover of this magazine. To her fans: Eruoma is preparing to market T-shirts and accessories carrying designs related to themes such as pride and belonging. The “Awa Rebel” brand will be available beginning in summer 2014.
 
SYLVIE BERNARD
Plumes et Pacotilles
     

Photo credit: Plumes et Pacotilles
  In the Aboriginal community of Wôlinak, talent and inspiration have a name and address: Plumes et Pacotilles. Artist, singer and artisan, Sylvie Bernard is the heart and soul of this workshop-boutique that proudly flies the colours of Abenaki art and craft work. She deftly combines the sensual materials of traditional Aboriginal cultures such as leather, wood and fur. When inspired to, she adds threads of gold, silver, semi-precious stones or acrylic to produce exceptional creations: art, ornaments, contemporary clothing, etc. She is a passionate and fascinating creator.
     
SANDOKWA HURON-WENDAT DANCE COMPANY
     

Photo credit: Sandokwa Huron-Wendat Dance Company
  Sandokwa, named after the eagle totem animal, has been performing in Canada and Europe since 1976. The history, traditions and customs of the Huron-Wendat people are told through dance. Wearing the traditional hairstyles of their ancestors and dressed in authentic costumes, the artists perform to the sound of a drum, symbolizing a heartbeat.
     
SHOPS AWARD
     
HANDICRAFTS ESHKAN
     

Photo credit: Guillaume Roy
    Find authentic goods made on the spot. You can even get custom-made moccasins! Starting June 1, olden-day and present-day games will be showcased in-store, allowing visitors to better understand how the Innus kept themselves entertained. Outside and interpretation centre relates their day-to-day activities through ancestral themes, such as hunting food and toolmaking.
     
PLUMES ET PACOTILLES
     

Photo credit: Plumes et Pacotilles
  In the Aboriginal community of Wôlinak, talent and inspiration have a name and address: Plumes et Pacotilles. Artist, singer and artisan, Sylvie Bernard is the heart and soul of this workshop-boutique that proudly flies the colours of Abenaki art and craft work. She deftly combines the sensual materials of traditional Aboriginal cultures such as leather, wood and fur. When inspired to, she adds threads of gold, silver, semi-precious stones or acrylic to produce exceptional creations: art, ornaments, contemporary clothing, etc. She is a passionate and fascinating creator.
     
GROS-LOUIS SNOWSHOES, ARTS & CRAFTS
     

Photo credit: Gros-Louis Snowshoes, Arts & Crafts
  For more than 50 years, Gros-Louis Snowshoes, Arts & Crafts, handed down from father to son, has been offering typical Aboriginal art and handicraft products. All Quebec nations are represented, but more particularly the Huron-Wendat. The specialty of the store is the famous snowshoe made of ash and “babiche” (pretanned cow or moose rawhide) in a number of shapes and sizes and also aluminium snowshoes. Also on sale are mukluks or winter boots, moccasins, peace pipes, dream catchers, jewelry, drums, incense and spiritual items.
     
CULTURAL CENTRE, MUSEUM & INTERPRETATION SITE AWARD
     
MICMAC INTERPRETATION SITE
     

Photo credit: Sébastien Desnoyers
  In a faithfully reconstructed 17th century Micmac camp, guides and interpreters invite you to discover the traditional lifestyle of the Micmacs of that era. You will see how their ancestors carried out their daily tasks in 1675. Making use of available natural resources and time-tested techniques, they prepared their food, made their clothes, built their living quarters and performed many other tasks. A boutique, handicraft shop and various exhibitions will help introduce you to these ingenious people.
 
ABENAKI MUSEUM
     

Photo credit: François Pilon
  Located on the shore of the Saint-François River, 10 km from Lac Saint-Pierre, Quebec’s first Aboriginal museum invites you to discover a true portrait of the Abenaki nation. Visit our exhibitions, the Odanak church and chapel as well as our crafts boutique. The nearby Tolba walking trail offers an opportunity to explore the plants and wildlife of the Abenaki community.
 
     
THE HURON-WENDAT MUSEUM
     

Photo credit: Studio du Ruisseau
  Discover the history and culture of the Wendat people and First Nations art through the permanent exhibition on the themes of territories, memories and knowledge. Learn about the Iroquoians’ way of life in the National longhouse of the Huron-Wendat People. Sip a cup of Labrador tea with some bannock bread and hot chocolate while you take in the nation’s myths and legends around one of three fires. Enjoy a unique experience by spending the night under the supervision of the firekeeper. Take the journey into the history of the Wendat people! Ask for details about packages.
 
     
EVENT AWARD
     
FIRST NATIONS GREAT SUMMER GATHERING
     

Photo credit: First Nations Great Summer Gathering
  From July 11 to 13, the region will be alive with the sound of the teuehikan (drum) on the Uashassihtsh site! The 8th edition of the Grand Rassemblement des Premières Nations , a must-see this summer! There will be traditional sports competitions, music shows, traditionnal Innu and intertribal dances (powwow), traditional food tasting, and spiritual ceremonies.
     
WENDAKE INTERNATIONAL POW-WOW
     

Photo credit: Jean-Louis Régis
  Come join this authentic First Nation celebration on June 28, 29 and 30 in the heart of Old Wendake. The whole family can take in dazzling dance competitions, listen to traditional songs, and enjoy the Aboriginal handicrafts and culinary artistry on display. Visit our website to view a comprehensive program of shows.
     
FIRST PEOPLE FESTIVAL
     

Photo credit: Terres en vue / Alain Denault
  The Place des Festivals becomes the beating heart of an international event, transforming Montreal into the capital of the First Cultures of the Americas. First Peoples’ spiritual connections to a land peopled by nourishing and mythical animals are evoked in a contemporary setting. The dancer’s steps, the basket maker’s movements, the beat of the drum, the words of a poet echoed in song, the perfect organization of the kernels in a corncob, and the arrangement of motifs on the back of a turtle: all of these invite us to joyously connect with all of creation. We welcome our guests to this great celebration of senses and meanings. In the city, auditoriums, galleries, and museums will offer eclectic programming of which the Place des Festivals becomes the focal point for one weekend.

 
     
ACCOMMODATION AWARD
     
AUBERGE MAISON ROBERTSON
     

Photo credit: Guillaume Roy
 

The calm and warmth of a century-old family home awaits you in this historic fur-trading post. Completely renovated for your comfort with five bedrooms, three with private baths, and decorated with original Amerindian works of art, its spectacular view of Lake St. John is sure to make this an unforgettable stay.

For an authentic experience in the Ilnu community of Mashteuiatsh.

     
HÔTEL-MUSÉE DES PREMIÈRES NATIONS
     

Photo credit: Hôtel-Musée des Premières Nations
 

In Wendake, history and tradition work hand-in-hand with modernity. Take advantage of 55 rooms and four star suites that are welcoming and comfortable while offering a view of the Akiawenrahk River.

Located in the heart of Wendake, on the shore of the Akiawenrahk River, the Hôtel-Musée Premières Nations is a place where history and Aboriginal traditions blend in with modern times. Succumb to the charms of a contemporary hotel whose remarkable architecture harmonises with nature. Enjoy a 4-star sustainable tourism hotel that offers an authentic experience, led by a friendly team of hosts, most of whom are Aboriginal people. Points of interest include the Huron-Wendat Museum and spa facilities in a beautiful natural setting.

Come discover our restaurant La Traite, with its cuisine inspired by the First Nations, and enjoy a relaxing atmosphere surrounded by nature.

     
ESSIPIT LODGING: NATAKAM CONDOS
     

Photo credit: Natakam Condos
  At the idyllic Natakam site, 32 fully-equipped condos offer one- or two-bedroom accommodations including a living room—some of which have a fireplace—with a sofa bed. Units also include a kitchen and a balcony or patio with a stunning view of the river and the whales. If you want a getaway, a place to reconnect, a place of tranquillity and comfort, with endless activities…Then this is your destination—all of the ingredients for an unforgettable vacation in one place!
     
MARKETING AWARD
     
WENDAKE TOURISM INDUSTRY
     

Photo credit: JP Rivard
 

A non-profit organization, active since August 2006, Tourisme Wendake was set up by the Council of the Huron Wendat Nation, with the intention of: promoting tourism and all activities related to this process; making all gestures and carry out all steps in order to upgrade, in matters of tourism and culture, the current context taking precedence within the Huron Wendat Community of Wendake ; promoting the Native culture in all its forms or guises.

     
ABENAKI MUSEUM
     

Photo credit: François Pilon
  Located on the shore of the Saint-François River, 10 km from Lac Saint-Pierre, Quebec’s first Aboriginal museum invites you to discover a true portrait of the Abenaki nation. Visit our exhibitions, the Odanak church and chapel as well as our crafts boutique. The nearby Tolba walking trail offers an opportunity to explore the plants and wildlife of the Abenaki community.
     
NUNAVIK CREATIONS
     

Photo credit: Nunavik Creations
  To provide protection against the harsh arctic climate, Nunavimmiut applied their boundless ingenuity, using the natural resources that surrounded them, to provide, food, shelter, and clothing. Nunavik Creations draws its identity from the values and methods of the Inuit traditions to create quality clothing and accessories. As such, today’s techniques and materials are combined with tradition, with an ongoing commitment to using natural resources responsibly.
     
NATURE & ADVENTURE AWARD
     
ABITIBIWINNI BERCÉ PAR L'HARRICANA
     

Photo credit: Mathieu Dupuis
 

Abitibiwinni Bercé par l’Harricana proposes adventure tourism with a cultural zest among the Anishinabe (pronounced “anishinabay”) the Abitibi Algonquins of the province of Quebec.Experience more than just canoeing! Live to the rhythm of nature and reconnect with basics. Spend time in the company of Algonquin guides; partake of their knowledge of the land and their history of the Harricana River. Paddle to the current of the river and rhythm of fellow travelers. Downriver excursions include return transportation to the point of departure. Overnight accommodations in a prospector tent or tipi. Follow the river that was once the ancestral route of the Abitibiwinnik!

     
INUIT ADVENTURES
     
Photo credit: Inuit Adventures
  Excursions to Akpatok Island, the Parc national des Pingualuit, the Parc national Kuururjuaq and Puvirnituq, photo safaris, as well as customized adventures throughout Nunavik, including activities such as snowmobiling, dog sledding, igloo building, wildlife observation, sea kayaking, canoeing, hiking and biking (depending on the season), and cultural demonstrations.
     
MATAKAN SITE
     
Photo credit: Sébastien Desnoyers
  Matakan is a traditional site, located on an island in the vast Lake Kempt.  It offers authentic Atikamekw summer and winter activities.  Our 3 to 5-day packages include staying in a teepee, fishing, canoeing, eating traditional cuisine and partaking in a range of cultural activities in a natural environment.
     
OUTFITTER AWARD
     
CLUB ODANAK
     
Photo credit: Guillaume Roy
 

In a region where lakes, rivers, hills and forests come together to create an abundance of breathtaking landscapes, there is an outfitter that is at one with nature: Club Odanak.

Draw on the feeling of well-being from the Quebec outdoors while discovering the ancestral and current way of life among Aboriginal people. Immerse yourself in an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind adventure on Atikamekw territory.

     
ESSIPIT OUTFITTERS
     
Photo credit: Sébastien Desnoyers
 

Nestled in a generous forest, not far from Tadoussac, Essipit Outfitters is the ideal refuge for nature lovers seeking relaxation and fun during a short stay, in a magnificent environment. Several cottages offer all the cozy comfort you could wish for after a moose hunt or speckled trout fishing expedition. The area, renowned for its wildlife, has many fish-filled lakes.

Over 50 comfortable, safe cottages in a variety of styles at 6 different locations, each with its own unique charm. The perfect change of scene for a relaxing and energizing experience, not to mention lots of delicious indigenous brook trout!

     
TOURILLI SECTOR
     
Photo credit: Tourilli Sector
  Located on the réserve faunique des Laurentides, the Tourilli sector features sizable tract of wilderness for adventurers, with its 400 km2 and no fewer than 52 lakes. It is a choice destination for vacationers as well as trout fishers in the summer, with bear, moose and small game hunting in the fall. The hospitality of the Huron-Wendat tribe, high quality service and cottage accommodations also make a trip to Tourilli simply unforgettable.
     
RESTAURANT & GASTRONOMY AWARD
     
HÔTEL MUSÉE DES PREMIÈRES NATIONS - RESTAURANT LA TRAITE
     
Photo credit: Hôel-Musée des Premières Nations
 

In Wendake, history and tradition work hand-in-hand with modernity. Take advantage of 55 rooms and four star suites that are welcoming and comfortable while offering a view of the Akiawenrahk River.

Located in the heart of Wendake, on the shore of the Akiawenrahk River, the Hôtel-Musée Premières Nations is a place where history and Aboriginal traditions blend in with modern times. Succumb to the charms of a contemporary hotel whose remarkable architecture harmonises with nature. Enjoy a 4-star sustainable tourism hotel that offers an authentic experience, led by a friendly team of hosts, most of whom are Aboriginal people. Points of interest include the Huron-Wendat Museum and spa facilities in a beautiful natural setting.

Come discover our restaurant La Traite, with its cuisine inspired by the First Nations, and enjoy a relaxing atmosphere surrounded by nature.

 

     
LE TRAITEUR QUÉBÉNAKIS
     
Photo credit: Le Traiteur Québénakis
  Lysanne O’Bomsawin, a culinary artist of Abenaki descent, takes you on an epicurean journey full of surprises, combining products from the Quebec countryside with Aboriginal cuisine. Like her nomadic ancestors, she travels all over Quebec to offer her services. Whether it is a business dinner, a special event or simple night out with friends, revel in this chef’s delicious culinary creations.
     
SAGAMITÉ RESTAURANT
     
Photo credit: Sagamité Restaurant
 

Stop off at the Sagamité restaurant and dine on gourmet fare served in a traditional Aboriginal ambiance. The vast selection of meals inspired by First Nations cuisine includes the traditional Huron favourite, sagamité soup. You can also sample the house specialty: grilled meat on the Yatista (meaning fire in the Huron-Wendat language). Yatista is the traditional way of grilling big-game meat and illustrates the nation’s dependence to fire.

Come to the Sagamité for a true First Nations experience of tradition, culture and contemporary cuisine.

 

     
HUMAN RESOURCES AWARD
     
ANDRÉ MOWATT            |        WILLIAM ROMAIN         |      KIMBERLEY CROSS
     
Photo credit : Mathieu Dupuis
Photo credit : Tourilli Sector

Photo credit : Kimberley Cross