Gesgapegiag is an L’nu – Mi’gmaq community that is located in Gespe’gewa’gi (The Last Land), also known as the seventh district of Mi’gma’gi. Gespe’gewa’gi has been the traditional unceded lands and waters of the L’nu – Mi’gmaq Nation, since time immemorial. Today, these traditional lands are now known as the Gaspé Peninsula, parts of mainland Québec and Maine, and northeastern New Brunswick. There are three L’nu – Mi’gmaq communities within Gespe’gewa’gi: Gespeg, Gesgapegiag and Listuguj. The total population of Gesgapegiag members is 1,542 with 712 living in the community and 830 living outside the community.
According to our Elder, Pn’nal, Many years ago, there lived a group of Mi’gmaq along the shores of the Bay of Chaleur, in the region of the seventh district of the Mi’gmaq Nation.
The Mi’gmaq were known as Gesgapegiawag, or the wandering people, after years of nomadic life in search of land as foretold by the elders. They finally came upon this land of which a child had dreamt of and established a community on the estuary of the Gesgapegiag River, where the river widens and turns to salt. Their leader, Wagatasg, chose this area for its richness and beauty. It is a place which the Spirit has set aside for its children.