The Innu community of Nutashkuan, whose name signifies “place where we hunt bears”, is located 336 km east of Sept-Îles, along Route 138. The community sits on the shore of the Gulf of Saint Lawrence and borders on the Natasquan River. In 2012, the population of Nutaskuan was 957 members, 900 of which lived in the community. The main languages spoken are Innu-Aimun and French.
On a socio-economic level, the community runs a dozen of businesses. Its main developed industries are recreational tourism, transportation, construction and commercial fishing. Traditional activities such as arts and crafts and trapping are still practiced today. The community also operates an outfitter on the Natashquan River, where the Atlantic salmon fishing is world-renowned.
Fishing and processing activities
The main species commercially fished are snow crabs, surfclams, American lobsters and ground fish. The community operates two boats, the CMN Nutashkuan and the Lady Rachel. As for processing and distribution, the community is a stakeholder in the processing plant project piloted by the communities of Ekuanitshit, Nutashkuan, Unamen Shipu and Pakua Shipu.