Mi’gmaqs of Gesgapegiag
The Mi'gmaq people have occupied the Mi'gma'gi territory, including the Maritimes and the Gaspe Peninsula, for thousands of years. Traditionally, the Mi'gmaq lived a semi-nomadic lifestyle, depending mainly on fishing during the summer and game meat during the winter. The Mi'gmaq ingeniously adapted to deep sea fishing activities and they developed the art of building boats intended for this kind of fishing. Salmon fishing is also an integral part of the Mi'gmaq culture.
The Mi'gmaq of Gesgapegiag has always fished on the Cascapedia River, whose name is derived from a Mi'gmaq word meaning "strong currents" or "large river". They are also participating to the management of salmon sport fishing on the Cascapedia since several years. Today, the Mi'gmaq fishers of Gesgapegiag are involved in the commercial fishing of several species, including northern shrimp, snow crab, and ground fish.