Montagnais of Natashquan

Montagnais of Natashquan or Nutashkuan Innu First Nation (French: Montagnais de Natashquan or Première Nation des Innus de Nutashkuan) is an Innu First Nation band government in Quebec, Canada. The band lives on the Indian reserve Natashquan 1 in the Côte-Nord region. As of 2019, they have a registered population of 1,215 members. They are part of the Regroupement Mamit Innuat tribal council.

Première Nation des Innus de Nutashkuan
Band No. 83
HeadquartersNatashquan 1
Main reserveNatashquan 1
Land area1.189 km2
Population (October 2019)[2]
On reserve1099
On other land14
Off reserve102
Total population1215
ChiefRodrigue Wapistan
  • Pierre Kaltush
  • Richard Malec
  • Marcel Mestokosho
  • Paul-Émile Wapistan
Tribal Council[4]
Regroupement Mamit Innuat


Members of the Natashquan First Nation are Innus, also called Montagnais. As of October 2019 , the band has a total registered population of 1,215 members, 116 of whom lived off the reserve.[5] Statistics Canada's 2016 Canadian Census found 835 people living on the reserve which was down slightly (0.7%) from the 841 people found on the 2011 Census.[6]


Montagnais of Natashquan owns one reserve, Natashquan 1 located in the Côte-Nord region of Quebec close to the municipality of Natashquan. The reserve is at the mouth of the Natashquan River on the northern coast of the Gulf of Saint Lawrence.[7][8] It covers an area of 118.9 hectares (294 acres).[9] The reserve is 375 km (233 mi) east of Sept-Îles and 1,000 km (620 mi) east of Quebec City via Quebec Route 138. The band is also served by Natashquan Airport.[10]


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