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Pekuakamiulnuatsh Takuhikan represents the Pekuakamiulnuatsh who live in the vast territory that extends beyond the basins flowing from Pekuakami (Lac-St-Jean). Before the arrival of Europeans, they travelled with other Aboriginal peoples from north to south and east to west. Today, elements of the oral tradition attest to the undeniable historical presence of the Pekuakamiulnuatsh on Nitassinan ("our land"), even just by the names of the places.

Before being declared a reserve according to the Indian Act in 1856, Mashteuiatsh - which means "where there is a point" - has always been an exceptional rallying point and meeting place. Historically, Mashteuiatsh was a unique gathering place on the banks of the Pekuakami where everyone could share and exchange their views, as much commercial as social and cultural.

Pekuakamiulnuatsh Takuhikan is the political and administrative organization of the Aboriginal of Pekuakamiulnuatsh. The Tribal Council consists of a chief and six councillors elected according to local custom. The chief is Mr. Gilbert Domenica and he was elected may 27 2013 for a four-year mandate. The Aboriginal peoples of Pekuakamiulnuatsh are firmly committed to affirm and protect Aboriginal rights, including Ilnu, to promote the interests and aspirations of their people and to exercise their inherent right to self-government.

For several years now, Pekuakamiulnuatsh Takuhikan has been ensuring community development by engaging a process for support and for political, cultural, social and economic independence. During the course of their history, they have had an administrative structure for managing and delivering services to their population:  general management, assistant general management, secretary for government and strategics affairs, education and labor, heritage, culture and territory, health and community wellness, public safety, public works and housing. The annual operating budget exceeds forty million annually, excluding their affiliates.

It's the secretary for government and strategic affairs unit who is in charge of community relations aspects and business development. For Pekuakamiulnuatsh Takuhikan, long-term development must remain as a pillar to support the economic base, such as their participation in the company Granules LG International, the installation of Route 175 in the faunal reserve of the Laurentian Mountains (two contracts), its partnership with Hydro-Québec in major projects (over 100 million), the installation of an industrial park with Mashteuiatsh, the exploitation of a volume of wood (200,000 cubic meters), etc.

One of the cornerstones of community economic development is based on renewable energy, especially hydropower. In 1990, the Hydro-Ilnu Company was created with the mandate to evaluate the hydroelectric potential of the rivers located on their ancestral indigenous territory. The analysis made it possible to identify two rivers with an interesting potential: Mistassibi and the Métabetchouane. It was finally the Mistassibi River that was retained and the project was located close to the town of Dolbeau-Mistassini.  Nine years later, the Minashtuk hydroelectric power station began operations.

In 2007, wanting to be at the forefront of energy issues and driven by a desire to create a new model of renewable energy development in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region and exercise leadership in this area, Pekuakamiulnuatsh Takuhikan allied with regional politicians and created the Société de l’Énergie Communautaire du Lac-Saint-Jean. This single partnership between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal People in Quebec, is expressed by the development of two hydroelectric power station projects in Val-Jalbert and the 11th falls of the Mistassini River.

The surplus generated from these two projects will allow Pekuakamiulnuatsh Takuhikan to increase its income from independent sources. In the same spirit, the decision was made to create an affiliate in energy named Groupe Pek in 2014.

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