Lands Adjacent to the Gros-Cacouna Harbour
On July 2, the Wolastoqiyik Wahsipekuk First Nation signed an agreement with the Government of Quebec for the occupation of lands adjacent to the Gros Cacouna Harbour. This historic agreement will allow the First Nation to develop infrastructure related to its commercial fisheries department. An aquaculture project, mainly fish production, is currently being studied. Accompanied by experts in the field, we are at the stage of evaluating the environmental sensitivity of the environment and validating the subsequent steps. Located in a sensitive area, the development of infrastructures along the Gros-Cacouna harbour could have a positive impact on other projects, such as the processing of marine products or the repair, maintenance and storage of our commercial fishing fleet.
In a process of healing the land, the First Nation intends to develop a linear park at the base of the mountain. This park would provide a link to the Kiskotuk Coastal Park and allow for the development of subsequent phases of the Wolastoqey Cultural Enhancement Project.
Finally, the First Nation is working, in partnership with the Group for Research and Education on Marine Mammals, on the development of a land-based beluga observatory located at the top of Gros-Cacouna Mountain.
The recreational and tourism development project surrounding the lands adjacent to the Gros-Cacouna harbour is at the forefront because it integrates beluga conservation into its activities.