Wolastoqiyik Wahsipekuk First Nation Economic Development Projects Announcement
On December 8, during a press conference, the Grand Chief of the Wolastoqiyik Wahsipekuk First Nation, surrounded by members of the Great Council, made several announcements, particularly regarding the First Nation's economic development projects. During this press conference, there was talk of the adoption of an architectural signature which will now guide the development of new infrastructures, the beluga land observatory project on Gros-Cacouna mountain, construction work at the center administrative and community services of the First Nation, a possible economic development project on the Kataskomiq reserve, a possible aquaculture project as well as the purchase of land near the port of Gros-Cacouna, a strategic location in the recreational tourism development in the region.
Grand Chief Jacques Tremblay quotes :
“The projects presented today are in line with the 2021–2024 strategic plan, Succeeding in the Wolastoqiyik Wahsipekuk Shift, adopted last October and demonstrate our willingness to participate, in partnership with the community, in the economic development of the Lower St. Lawrence region.”
“The development of a typically Wolastoqey built heritage will allow culture and identity to be anchored in Wolastokuk, the community’s ancestral territory.”
“Window on Beluga Whales will not only reduce the impacts of scientific and tourist observation on a threatened species, but also the creation of the first land-based beluga whale observation site on the South Shore of the St. Lawrence. This is a cutting-edge recreational and tourism development project that integrates the preservation of a threatened species and scientific research at the very heart of its activities."