The community of Mistissini (“big rock”) is located southeast of Lake Mistassini, the largest freshwater lake in Québec, and in the province’s largest wildlife reserve. Father Charles Albanel discovered this site in 1672 and French merchants established trading posts to intercept pelts headed for the English market. Mistissini was eventually the site of several trading posts and today is one of the largest Cree communities of the area. Because of its rich fish stocks, which never cease to amaze anglers, and a hydrographic network that extends to Lac St-Jean, this community has always been a popular meeting and trading place for the Crees.