Jimmy is ilnu and he grew up in Mashteuiatsh that he then left to cumulate multiple experiences while keeping a close contact with his family, community and territory. For three years, he has been involved with the Sacred Park of Mashteuiatsh, a non-profit organisation devoted to the preservation and the transmission of Piekuakamiulnuatsh knowledge regarding medicinal plants.
He just finished a Certificate in First Nations studies at Université de Montréal, which completes his Bachelor accumulated by Certificates that he started at Université du Québec à Chicoutimi with a Certificate in Geography and another one in Environmental Science. He joined the research project in the end of 2015. He is working on the database and on the Frank Speck Collections held by the NMAI and the Field Museum. Also, he will go twice to Kitigan Zibi to participate to meetings at the Cultural Center.
Jimmy will be back to Université de Montréal in September 2016 to start a master’s degree in Ethnology. He will study the transformation and the reconstruction of the relationship with the traditional territory for an Ilnu family following a rupture of anthropic and intergenerational nature.