Algonquin Nation - HRSD
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Comité consultatif des Premières Nations et des Inuit relatif au marché du travail
THE COUNCIL OF THE ATIKAMEKW NATION    
Founded in 1982, the Atikamekw-Atikamekw Sipi Nation Council (CNA) is a non-profit corporation born from the desire of the Atikamekw Councils of Manawan, Opitciwan and Wemotaci to unite to offer programs and services to the Atikamekw population.

As a tribal council, the CNA provides the following advisory services: technical services, employability service and economic development. It also provides services delegated by the communities, namely social services and educational, linguistic and cultural services.

At the same time, the CNA is negotiating an agreement in principle with the governments of Canada and Quebec to conclude a treaty. The CNA also plays a political role that supports the historical, political, economic, cultural and social aspirations of the Atikamekw Nation.

The CNA headquarters are located in Wemotaci and the administrative center is in La Tuque.

Mission

The CNA:
Acts as the official representative of all Atikamekw at the regional, national and international levels;

Defends and promotes Atikamekw rights and interests in social, economic and cultural terms;

Promotes the political autonomy of the Atikamekw;

Provides for the Atikamekw's assumption of all programs and services that are provided to Atikamekw by the federal and provincial governments and, where necessary, organizes, manages, co-ordinates, plans, implements place and quality of these programs and services;

THE ATIKAMEKW NATION

Today the Atikamekw Nation has just over 8,000 members. Atikamekw belong to Nitaskinan - their ancestral territory. Since the advent of communities, the Atikamekw have largely part of them were to live primarily in one of the three Atikamekw communities, Manawan, Wemotaci and Opitciwan.

The Atikamekw language, which is taught to children as soon as they enter primary school, is still very much alive and is at the heart of the feeling of valorization of culture and the transmission of traditions. Symbol of pride and dynamism, the Atikamekw language remains the link between the generations. Good number of Atikamekw are still engaged in traditional activities: hunting, fishing, berry picking, gathering of medicinal plants, spiritual gatherings, intergenerational gatherings, resourcing in territory, etc.

Wemotaci
The mountain from where we observe
The community of Wemotaci was created in 1851. This place has long been a meeting point and of exchange for the Atikamekw people. The community is located on the banks of the Saint-Maurice River. Wemotaci is connected to La Tuque by a forest road of 115 km.

Opitciwan
The current of the strait
In 1918, the floods caused by the construction of the La Loutre dam forced the Atikamekw to Kikendache to leave the premises and move to finally settle on the current site of the community. It is in 1944 that the current site located on the North shore of the Gouin reservoir officially becomes the community Opitciwan. Connected by a network of forest roads, Opitciwan is located 280 km west of Roberval.

Manawan
Where eggs are found
Founded in 1906, the community of Manawan is nestled on Lake Metabeckeka. Located about 4 h 30 drive from major centers such as Montreal and Quebec, it is accessed by Route 131 North leading in Saint-Michel-des-Saints then by a forest road of 86 km.