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  Innu Children in Natuashish, Labrador
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Labrador has two Innu Communities, Sheshatshiu & Natuashish. There are often negative things reported about these communities but the people are nice and if you like meeting and learing about aboriginal culture Labrador is a great place to do it!

Natuashish is a new community which was developed in 2002, prior to this, the second community was located in Davis Inlet.

Naskapi and Montagnais were names given to the Innu people by Europeans. The Montagnais live mainly in Sheshatshiu and the Naskapi live mainly in Natuashish.

Both of these groups of Innu stem from one culture, caribou hunters. The Innu were referred to as Indians by Europeans, but rarely referred to themselves as Indians. Recent reserve creation classifies the Innu under the Indian Act. However, Innu is preferred and commonly used name, which means ?human being.?

Innu Language - Innu-aimun
Innu in both communities speak Innu-aimun, but have slightly different dialects. Despite these dialect differences, the two groups can communicate fluently.

The Importance of the Innu Way of Life
The Innu were traditionally nomadic, traveling the interior of Labrador and Quebec in the winter to hunt mostly for caribou, and migrating to the coast in the summer to fish. There is archeological evidence that Innu have been traveling the interior for thousands of years.

A permanent settlement was built at Sheshatshiu in the 1950?s. Davis Inlet was built in the 1960?s but the Innu from this community have recently chosen and relocated to Natuashish, on the mainland of Labrador.

The strength of the Innu culture has proven to be remarkable. In spite of the tremendous pressure to assimilate, they have maintained a strong cultural orientation toward traditional homelands, their nomadic roots and way of life.

The Innu are great story tellers. Many of the stories have been passed on for years and include narratives on how the world began, how the sun was born, and other worldly beliefs.

Directions: Innu Culture can be experienced in the northern community of Natuashish and the Lake Melville region community of Sheshatshiu.
othercontact: www.innu.ca
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  • Updated Feb 24, 2010
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