The “maison Denis-Launière”


Located on the reserve of the Maliseet community in Cacouna, the smallest reserve in Canada, the Maison Denis-Launière is the last and only remaining testimony of the presence of the First Nation in the Lower Saint-Lawrence region. It was built in the 1890’s; then one Jean Athanase, last Chief of Viger, lived in it until it ended up in the hands of one Édouard Denis who became Chief of the Maliseets until 1918. Then, Joseph Launière, chef who succeeded Édouard Dennis, lived in the house until his passing in 1972. In that house he raised four children. He was the last Maliseet to live on reserve in Cacouna. The Maison Denis-Launière is therefore quite symbolic for the Maliseets. It was a place of welcoming and of gathering as Joseph Launière was rather hospitable and always opened to meeting acquaintances. The Maison Denis-Launière also reminds one and all of the presence of the Maliseets in the Lower-Saint-Lawrence region as, throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, the Pointe de Cacouna was indeed occupied by them. Being the only house that endured on the territory of the community, the Maison Denis-Launière symbolises the Maliseet Nation that refuses to vanish in spite of trials; the house remains standing. That wooden house represents, to us, the rocks upon which strike tides and winds. In 2000, the Maison became the Interpretation Centre of the Maliseets. In the former shed attached to the Maison one may, throughout the summer, buy aboriginal artifacts.


Maison Denis-Launière
215, rue de la Grève
Cacouna (Québec) G0L 1G0
Phone : 418 860-2393
Free : 1 888 399-2393