Waswanipi, Quebec


Waswanipi, Quebec

Waswanipi is a Cree/Iynu (Cree being an English exonym) community in central Quebec, Canada, located along Route 113 and near the confluence of the Chibougamau and Waswanipi Rivers. It has a population of 1,473 people (Canada 2006 Census).Cite web
url=http://www12.statcan.ca/english/census06/data/profiles/community/Details/Page.cfm?Lang=E&Geo1=CSD&Code1=2499802&Geo2=PR&Code2=24&Data=Count&SearchText=Waswanipi&SearchType=Begins&SearchPR=24&B1=All
title=Waswanipi, Quebec (Terres réservées aux Cris)
work=Community profiles, Canada 2006 Census
publisher=Statistics Canada
accessdate=2008-07-29
] "Waswanipi" is a compound word composed of "wâswâ-" (to fish at night using a torch) and "nipî" (water), and is usually translated as "light over the water" [ [http://www.toponymie.gouv.qc.ca/ct/topos/carto.asp?Speci=66699 Commission de Toponymie du Québec] ] referring to the traditional night-time fishing method of luring fish to light by using torches.

The original location of the village was on an island in Lake Waswanipi (coord|49|39|N|76|29|W). It was the site of a Hudson's Bay Company trading post until 1965 when the post was closed. Its residents dispersed until 1978 when the new village of Waswanipi was built about 47 km upstream the Waswanipi River from the former location.

ee also

*Grand Council of the Crees

References

External links

* [http://www.waswanipi.com/ Official Site Of Waswanipi]
* [http://www.municipalite.baie-james.qc.ca/html/e_communautes07.htm Info on Waswanipi by Municipality of Baie-James]


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