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Naskapi Nation of Kawawachikamach

The Naskapi Nation of Kawawachikamach is located 16 km northeast of the Town of Schefferville on the Québec-Labrador border, serviced by Schefferville Airport, and a gravel-surfaced all-season road to Shefferville

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The Naskapi Nation of Kawawachikamach is located 16 km northeast of the Town of Schefferville on the Québec-Labrador border, and has a population of approximately 1,056 registered members.

The village itself is situated on 16 square miles of Category IA-N land and covers an area of approximately 40 acres. There is ample room for expansion, whether for residential, commercial, or industrial purposes. Schefferville Airport, which has a 5,000-foot paved landing strip, is connected to points south by means of year-round, five-day-per-week service.

Kawawachikamach is linked to Schefferville by a gravel-surfaced all-season road. Rail transportation is provided by Tshiuetin Rail Transportation Inc., and is available on a weekly basis between Schefferville, Wabush, Labrador City, and Sept-Îles. Rail services include passenger and freight ranging from large vehicles, gasoline and fuel oil, and refrigerated goods.

The vast majority of the residents of Kawawachikamach are Naskapi ans speak the Naskapi language, with English the second language, and many persons also speak some French.

The Naskapis still preserve many aspects of their traditional way of life and culture. Like many northern communities, the Naskapis rely on subsistence hunting, fishing, and trapping for a large part of their food supply, and for many raw materials. Harvesting is at the heart of Naskapi spirituality.

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