Boutique Hotel Atikuss is a successful blend of hospitality and creativity. Host to an impressive First Nations Art Gallery, school, art studio and artist-in-residence program, Atikuss is a place where guests can have a comfortable stay in a friendly environment, and learn about the richness of Innu culture from artists and artisans first-hand.
Located in the village of Uashat, near the town of Sept-Iles on Quebec’s North Coast, Hotel Atikuss is an important economic driver and showcase for the surrounding First Nations community. Through its artistic endeavours, Hotel Atikuss has played a leading role in bringing Quebec’s Indigenous artists to the global stage.
The internationally-acclaimed, ancestral footwear brand ‘Hopeboots’ are hand-made by local Indigenous women at Atikuss. Made of pelts and furs sourced from environmentally-responsible and traditional hunting practices, Hopeboots moccasins and boots have revived an ancestral art almost lost in the last generation.
“Every time Atikuss artisans bead and sew a boot, our ancestral culture is reborn,” says award-winning entrepreneur Josée Leblanc, co-founder and owner of Atikuss. “My objective was to create an Aboriginal Fair Trade model based on validation and fair remuneration for Indigenous women that gives hope and reignites their cultural pride.”
Hotel Atikuss features 10 rooms, lending itself to a learning environment for both guests and artists-in-residence. It is a place to reconnect with the bounty of Mother Earth and stimulate your creative spirit.