Research, Library and Archives

About genealogy


At our first conference in 1981, the Elders entrusted the Avataq Cultural Institute with the task of conducting a study of family names in the region while reliable information was still available. The Elders expressed concern that the younger generation was starting to forget about traditional family ties, mainly due to the fact that families live separated from each other, often by considerable distance. They also feared that the community’s strong oral traditions would disappear over time if not written down. Thus, an effort was launched to record or transcribe the knowledge that has been passed down orally from generation to generation.

Resource person

Martha Palliser, genealogist

Contact information:
Institut culturel Avataq
360 - 4150 rue Ste Catherine Ouest
Westmount (Québec), H3Z 2Y5
Tél : (514) 989-9031 poste 226
Fax : (514) 989-8789

Funding & partnerships

Ongoing funding

- Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
- Makivik Corporation
- Ministère de la Culture, des Communications et de la condition féminine du Québec
- Kativik School Board


- The Anglican Church of Canada
- The Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee)
- Prof. Bernard Saladin d’Anglure, Université Laval