The Innu spelling of the place name (toponym) Matimekush reflects the common usage where people hear an i. However, the word is derived from the name of a fish: matamekᵘ as indicated by its etymology in the dictionary: matamekuss. It could therefore also be written Matamekush. The dictionary spelling reflects current habits, which are well established, rather than the historical form (from ancient Innu). In French and English, it’s written: Matimekosh.
[answer compiled by the Comité Tshakapesh-Innu Dictionary editorial team, 2022]