We, the Naskapi people have occupied the land of what is now northern Quebec and Labrador since time immemorial. NSP Our ancestors were nomads, living off the land and following the caribou herds on which they depended for resources. NSP In the 1950s, our way of life changed when most of the Naskapi people moved from Fort Chimo to the Schefferville region. NSP The move to our actual location of Kawawachikamach took place in the early 1980s. NSP

The Naskapi Band of Québec was created in 1984 by the Naskapi Act, making us and Cree communities the first self-governing bands in Canada. NSP Our name changed to the Naskapi Nation of Kawawachikamach in 1999. NSP The Naskapi Nation of Kawawachikamach has the mandate, through its council and employees, to govern, manage, offer services to its members and promote development while preserving a unique culture and language. NSP Our history is an important part of our identity and we must continually work on preserving our culture by practicing it and ensuring that we pass it down to our future generations. NSP

Chief & Council: NSP

Training and Employment, Emergency Preparedness, Culture & Language NSP

Vision: NSP

A unique Nation proudly working together towards autonomy, prosperity and cultural longevity. NSP

Mission: NSP

Empowering our Nation by providing services and opportunities to our members, building capacity through education, language, culture and leadership for a brighter future. NSP

Values: NSP

  • Respect NSP
  • Well-being NSP
  • Accountability NSP
  • Resiliency NSP
  • Empowerment NSP

Naskapi Self-Government NSP

The NNK is currently in negotiations with Canada in creating our own self-governance agreement and to be a fully self-governing Nation. NSP Technically, we are considered self-governing under the Naskapi Act, but this is a system that was imposed on the Naskapi Nation and not one that was created in the best interest of the Naskapi people. NSP We have the opportunity to create something that is meant for us and most importantly created by the Naskapi people. NSP The Naskapi people have evolved through many drastic changes since contact. NSP We have lost many of our traditional ways of being and knowing but together, we can bring back our traditions. NSP

The Naskapi Nation will need the Naskapi’s input and involvement in creating our constitution and practicing our right to self-determination. NSP There is still a lot of work to be done but it is important work. NSP For more information on Naskapi Self-Governance and to be part of this initiative, please visit NNK SELF GOVERNANCE ENGAGEMENT NSP

Naskapi Nation of Kawawachikamach Office NSP

Stella Pien NSP
Director General NSP

Edward Shecanapish NSP
Band Treasurer NSP

Annie Nattawappio NSP
Travel Coordinator NSP

Trisha Bacon NSP
Special Projects Coordinator NSP

Willie Swappie NSP
Social Assistance Program Administrator NSP

Louise J. Mameanskum NSP
Director of Office operations NSP

Maggie Swappie NSP
Accounts Payable NSP

Melissa Peastitute NSP
Accounts Payable Assistant NSP

Mary Guanish NSP
Receptionist NSP

Martha Sandy NSP
Janitor NSP

Donna Marie Sandy NSP
Communications Officer NSP

Lazarus Swappie NSP
Justice Coordinator NSP

Jessica Chemaganish NSP
Naskapi Relief Services Coordinator NSP

George Guanish NSP
Naskapi Translator NSP

Louise M. Mameanskum NSP
Naskapi Training Officer NSP

Jimmy Shecanapish NSP
Business and Economic Development Officer NSP

Minnie Chemaganish NSP
Outreach Officer NSP

Caroline Einish NSP
Community Engagement Coordinator NSP

Chief and Council NSP

Chief Theresa Chemaganish NSP
Intergovernmental Affairs NSP

Deputy Chief Louise Nattawappio NSP
Intergovernmental Affairs, Health and Social Services, Youth and Women Issues NSP

Councillor Ronald Tooma NSP NSP
Police/Justice, Recreation, Hunter Support Committee NSP

Councillor Jeremy Einish NSP
Environment, Hunting, Fishing, Trapping Rights, Economic Development, Community Members (including Housing), Hunter Support Committee NSP

Councillor Stephen Noah Mameanskum NSP
Environment, Hunting, Fishing, Trapping Rights, Police/Justice, Education NSP

Councillor David Swappie NSP
Environment, Hunting, Fishing, Trapping Rights, Hunter Support Committee NSP
Chief & Council: Training and Employment, Emergency Preparedness, Culture & Language

The Naskapi Nation Organizational Chart NSP