The Naskapi First Nation

The Naskapi First Nation is traditionally nomad and, as a result maybe, the Naskapi nation is located in one village only called Kawawachikamach.

Naskapi is part of the Algonquian language family as well as being the language spoken by all and written by many. English is their second language and French is spoken by most.

The Naskapi Peoples of the Caribou Country

The Naskapis preserved many aspects of their traditional culture, values and justice. Harvesting is at the center of their spirituality and, for a large part, they rely on hunting, fishing and trapping for their subsistence and for raw materials. 


Based on the profound knowledge of their land and their wildlife, the Naskapis develop and organize various hunting, fishing and tourists activities and expeditions across their partly swampy coniferous forests.

The Chief and the Council of the Naskapi Nation are both responsible for managing the land and its natural resources. A Chief and a Council also responsible for regulating the use of their buildings, for promoting the development of their community and for managing their finances and agreements. 

The James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement signed in 1975 by the Cree and the Inuit, slightly modified and signed in 1978 by the Naskapis did lay the foundations of a new relationship between the Cree, the Inuit, the Naskapi and the Governments of Quebec and Canada.

The AbenakisAnishinaabes, Atikamekw, Crees, Hurons-Wendats, InnuMaliseets, Mi'kmaq, Mowhawks, Naskapis 10 First Nations and the Inuit in Inuit Nunangat.

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