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Abitibi-Témiscamingue: A Nature That Gives Life

Despite the region’s distance from big urban centres and it’s sometimes inhospitable climate,  Abitibi-Témiscamingue has often been qualified as a true paradise.

It’s 58,000 square kilometres of endless forests, and an untold number of bountiful rivers and lakes, with its spectacular sunsets and breathtaking northern lights that have been dazzling humans for almost 8000 years.

Colour photograph taken at dusk of a view of a lake with islands and floating pieces of wood.

A Témiscamingue landscape in the late 70s.

From its starry nights sky to the deepest depths of its bedrock, the region’s natural environment overflows with unfathomable richness. For the region’s inhabitants, both ancestral and current, this environment is a vital part of their daily lives. Whether it be for sustenance, industrial development, leisure activities, the arts or spirituality, the abundance of natural resources shape the very patterns of human behaviour.  The territory inhabits its residents, just like the residents create their territory.

Silk-screened winter scene in a dominant pastel pink tone with two gaunt trees in a field bordered by a spruce forest.

Chicots. Print by René Breton, 1987.

Discover how the interactions between the Témiscabitibiennes communities and their environment left their mark on the collective heritage. Through the collections of works conserved by the MA, musée d’art, the Corporation of La maison Dumulon, the Corporation Archéo-08 and BAnQ Rouyn-Noranda, enter into a majestic territory and discover a memorable story of belonging.

Colour photograph of a green field with in the background the roof of a building in sheet metal with multicolored parts.

Abitibi landscape in the late 70s.

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An exhibition created with the help of MA, musée d'art de Rouyn-Noranda, the Corporation de La maison Dumulon, BAnQ, Centre de Rouyn-Noranda and Corporation Archéo-08.