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Cree Nation of Waswanipi

Pronunciation Waus-WAW-nuh-pee
Population 1,249
Location Confluence of Waswanipi and Chibougamau Rivers

Other Names

The new townsite for the people of scattered people of Waswanipi, constructed west of Waswanipi Lake at the intersection of the Waswanipi River and Hwy 113. The community opened in 1978. This was not a relocation as a result of the James Bay Project, but the Cree used the Agreement to negotiate for a village.


 Old Post

Former village of Waswanipi

Population Summer residents only
Location North end of Waswanipi Lake
Other Names Waswanipi, Waswanipi Post

Founded on an island at the site of a North West Company post that became a Hudson's Bay Company post in 1821. In June 1965, the HBC store closed. Most families dispersed to neighboring non-native communities until the new Waswanipi was built. 

Gradually Waswanipi residents at the new village have returned during the summers and built summer homes, calling it Old Post. The Anglican church has been rebuilt beside the old cemetery. Gee-we-tau heritage gathering takes place each summer for two weeks on the island.


Sources: Grand Council of the Crees, Susanne Hilton (Waswanipi Cree Forest), Energy Mines and Resources Canada, Hudson's Bay Company Archives, Paul Dixon (Cree Trappers' Association of Waswanipi)

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