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The Basques: Retracing History
The regional county municipality of the Basques is located in Mi’kma’ki and Wolastokuk territory, in the heart of the Wabanaki confederation. Four kilometres off Trois-Pistoles, you can see Île aux Basques, formerly an important motorway junction for both Indigenous peoples and for Basque merchants. Before the colonization of America, they used to come here to hunt whales for their oil. Mikael Rioux, keeper of the Island, and Nicolas Falcimaigne, history professor and co-owner of the Le Caveau des Trois-Pistoles microbrewery, talk to us about the historical importance of Île aux Basques.
To learn more, listen to this podcast (French language only) dealing with Indigenous issues in the region: En jasant près du fleuve.
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