"You’re going to protect me, right?”
Adrienne Anichinapéo’s voice trembled as she recounted Cynthia’s plea. Their friendship went back 40 years, to a time when they’d chase each other around the schoolyard and “raise hell” in the woods.
It wasn’t easy growing up in Kitcisakik, a settlement of cabins carved into the boreal forest. Back then, they lived off the land, fishing, hunting and harvesting pelts from traplines that’d been in their families for generations.