Cree First Nation of Waswanipi

Cree First Nation of Waswanipi

The Cree First Nation of Waswanipi (CFNW) is a self-governing Cree First Nation under the 1975 James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement (JBNQA). The First Nation is located in the Central region of Quebec, approximately 275 km north of Val d’Or and 154 km west of Chibougamau on the banks of the Waswanipi and Chibougamau Rivers. Generally translated, Waswanipi means “Reflection on Water.”

The current day Waswanipi community was formally established under the 1975 JBNQ Agreement. The first houses were built in 1976. Today, Waswanipi is a thriving and developing community of approximately 1450 people with over 350 housing units. The community has a clear vision of sustainability and prosperity within a global environment with a commitment to remaining a strong and healthy community that preserves the Cree way of life.

Waswanipi is governed under the Cree Naskapi Act which sets out the powers, authorities and structure for local government, including a land regime system that the First Nation follows. Pursuant to the Act, the First Nation government establishes and maintains laws and policies on behalf of the community with all by-laws and policies reviewed and passed by the General Assembly. A management board made up of the various department directors is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the government.

The Cree First Nation of Waswanipi, in partnership with the First Nations Market Housing Fund, intends to maximize market based housing options that would include the purchase of existing homes on CFNW reserve lands, building new homes, renovation of existing homes and refinancing options. As well, the First Nation intends to provide rental properties developed by a CFNW owned corporation.

“Building the capacity of our community begins with building homes. This Fund will not only increase access to private homeownership, creating affordable and safe homes, but also contributes to the development of our local economy. The spin offs of housing projects add to the community, providing employment opportunities and other prospects for growth and expansion. The Cree First Nation of Waswanipi is excited to see this opportunity for First Nation Home owners.”
— Chief Paul Gull (December 2013)

Contact Information:

Allan L. Cooper, Communications Officer
Cree First Nation of Waswanipi
1 Chief Louise R. Gull Street
Waswanipi, Québec
J0Y 3C0
Phone: 819-753-2587
Fax: 819-753-2555