Naskapi Nation of Kawawachikamach Flag
The Flag of the Naskapi Nation of Kawawachikamach was designed by the late Stephen Mameamskum. He drew the flag using colored pencils and pens, as part of a contest held by Sandy Robinson at Jimmy Sandy Memorial School.
Each portion of the flag has a specific meaning for the Naskapi people.
- Wigwam: Located in the East, because that’s where the Naskapi original came from.
- Spear: Located in the North, because that’s where they lived with the Inuit before moving to Schefferville. The Inuit were spear-throwers.
- Caribou: Located in the West because that’s where the Caribou migrate to in the fall. This is a time of celebration for the Naskapi.
- Fish: Located in the South because sometimes the Naskapi import, through other tribes, special fish from the North Shore of the St. Lawrence.
- Black Outline: This means that the Naskapi are a close-knit people, isolated from the outside world.
- Caribou Tracks: The tracks move from East to West in a continuous cycle. The Caribou is an important cultural symbol for the Naskapi.
- Canadian Geese: The Geese fly North and South, again a time of celebration for the Naskapi.
- Crosses: The Crosses in each corner represent the Religious aspect of the Naskapi.
- Circles: Represent the Suns and Moons of each season.
- Red Boundary: The colour Red symbolizes that the Naskapi are Natives, and thus Red Blood.
- Green Boundary: The colour green indicates that the Naskapi live with Nature. It is a sign of earth life.
- Colours: The Colours represent the taste of design patterns of the Naskapi people.
- Insignia: The word Naskapi in syllabics: ᓇᔅᑲᐱ.
There are a few variations that may be displayed of the Naskapi Nation of Kawawachikamach Flag, and they are included below.
Purchasing a Flag
Flags may be purchased at the cost of $110 CAD.
To purchase a flag send an email with the number of flags you wish to purchase and the shipping address.
Northeastern Québec Agreement
The Northeastern Quebec Agreement (NEQA) settles the land claims of the Naskapi Indian band, exchanging their claims, rights and territorial interests for other rights and benefits.
Naskapi and the Cree-Naskapi Commission Act
Cree-Naskapi (of Quebec) Act (S.C. 1984, c. 18). An Act respecting certain provisions of the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement and the Northeastern Quebec Agreement relating principally to Cree and Naskapi local government and to the land regime governing Category IA and Category IA-N land.
Naskapi-Québec Partnership Agreement
The Naskapi-Quebec Partnership Agreement was signed in Kawawachikamach on October 19, 2009, by the Nation, Quebec, and by the Naskapi Development Corporation. The Agreement addresses a number of community and economic development matters. The implementation of this Agreement will be an important process for the future growth and development of the community.
Memorandum of Understanding – Cree, Inuit and Naskapi Forum
A renewed declaration of collaboration and cooperation, expressed in unity, vision, capacity and creativity, by the Cree, Inuit and Naskapi Nations, the Northern Quebec’s natural caretakers and treaties’ partners, grounded on their forefathers/mothers’ sacrifices, yet on which rests the hopes and aspirations of their respective future generations.