Cooperation with the Innu community of Pessamit, a founding partner of the MUWBR, emerged from the outset of this initiative and led to the creation of the Uapishka Station co-management model. This demanding project of unprecedented scale required a very high level of mutual trust between the partners. As a result, the Uapishka Station was co-founded in 2017 and is now co-managed by the Conseil des Innus de Pessamit and the MUWBR.

The Station aims to encourage the enhancement of scientific and traditional Indigenous knowledge, promote the territory through tourism and foster the modern occupation of the land. At the heart of the Pessamit Nitassinan and the biosphere reserve, the Uapishka Station offers a sense of northernness in its most authentic and spectacular form, at the foot of the majestic Uapishka (commonly known as “Groulx”) Mountains and on the edge of the Manicouagan crater.

The Uapishka Station has now become one of the MUWBR’s business units. Relocation, expansion and optimization are the hallmarks of the organization’s metamorphosis in 2018. The Station has now resumed its activities in new, highly innovative facilities. Incidentally, there is parity within the Uapishka Station team: 50% Indigenous and 50% non-Indigenous.

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