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First Nations reserve
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Manawan is located in Central Quebec
Location in central Quebec.
Coordinates: 47°13′21″N 74°23′30″W / 47.22250°N 74.39167°W / 47.22250; -74.39167Coordinates: 47°13′21″N 74°23′30″W / 47.22250°N 74.39167°W / 47.22250; -74.39167
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Lanaudière
Regional county none
Settled 1870
Founded August 29, 1906 (reserve)
 • Chief Jean-Roch Ottawa
 • Federal riding Joliette
 • Prov. riding Berthier
 • Land 7.74 km2 (2.99 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 2,073
 • Density 267.9/km2 (694/sq mi)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Postal Code J0K 1M0
Area code(s) 819

Manawan (named Manouane until 1991) is a First Nations reserve on the south-western shores of Lake Métabeskéga in the Lanaudière region of Quebec, Canada. It belongs to the Atikamekw de Manawan band of the Atikamekw Nation.[3]

The 5 kilometres long by 2 kilometres wide reserve is an enclave within the Baie-Atibenne unorganized territory, approximately 72 kilometres (45 mi) north of Saint-Michel-des-Saints. It is accessible by gravel road.

The reserve takes its name from the Manouane River that has its source nearby. The standardized writing of the Atikamekw language spells it as Manawan, and this form was adopted on January 8, 1991. It means "place where they gather eggs".[4]


"Royal Family" group, Manowan, circa 1900

At least since 1850 and probably earlier, the shores of Lake Métabeskéga were a gathering place for Atikamekw families from Wemotaci. This location, near their winter hunting grounds, was known in the 19th century as Metapeckeka, meaning "swamp coming from a bay" (from the fact that the lake is often dotted with floating plant debris that winds blew of the banks).[4][5]

Around 1870, logging companies moved into the area, prompting several families to permanently settle on the site. A year later, the Hudson's Bay Company opened its post. But damming of Kempt, Manawan, and Châteauvert Lakes in the early 1900s inundated the old village. A new village formed downstream at the current site.[4][5]

Establishing a reserve for themselves proved difficult for the Atikamekw. The repeated requests of Chief Louis Newashish for this portion of their territory were rebuffed by the Canadian Government, saying that the Maniwaki reserve, created in 1850, was reserved for them. The Atikamekw refused to go and live there. The federal government still declined to establish a reserve, arguing that Wemotaci was also for them. After years of correspondence followed by numerous trips in birch-bark canoe to Ottawa and lengthy negotiations for federal services, the government agreed. On August 29, 1906, the Manouane Reserve was officially founded with 1,906 acres (771 ha) of land and having some 50 inhabitants.[5][6]

The Hudson's Bay Company general store closed circa 1941. The village experienced further growth in the 1950s when more families settled down as a result of growing forest exploitation and the construction of large dams. In 1973, Manawan was connected by road to Saint-Michel-des-Saints.[4]

Land History[edit]

  • 1861-01-31: Act of 1861, aside land not exceeding 93,080 hectares (230,000 acres) for the use of Indians.
  • 1906-05-25: Surveying land for reserve Manowan. Undivided land. Area: 771.32 hectares (1,906 acres).
  • 1906-08-29: Order in Council 532, transfer of the management and administration of the Government of Quebec to Government of Canada. Undivided land. Area: 771.32 hectares (1,906 acres).

Current Situation

  • Lands undivided, land acquired under the 1861 Act Transferring the management and administration of the Government of Quebec to Government of Canada by Order in Council 532 (1906-1908. - 29). Area: 771.32 hectares (1,906 acres)[7]


Canada census – Manawan community profile
2011 2006 2001
Population: 2073 (12.5% from 2006) 1843 (12.0% from 2001) 1646 (16.2% from 1996)
Land area: 7.74 km2 (2.99 sq mi) 7.83 km2 (3.02 sq mi) 7.83 km2 (3.02 sq mi)
Population density: 267.9/km2 (694/sq mi) 235.3/km2 (609/sq mi) 210.2/km2 (544/sq mi)
Median age: 19.4 (M: 18.4, F: 20.7) 18.0 (M: 17.9, F: 18.2) 18.6 (M: 18.8, F: 18.2)
Total private dwellings: 407 354 303
Median household income: $46,304 $41,088
References: 2011[2] 2006[8] 2001[9]

Historic populations:[10]

  • Population in 2001: 1646
  • Population in 1996: 1416
  • Population in 1991: 1224

Mother tongue:[2]

  • English: 0.2%
  • French: 2.4%
  • Atikamekw: 97.1 %
  • Other: 0.2 %


There are 2 schools on the reserve:

  • École Simon P. Ottawa, pre-kindergarten to Elementary grade 6
  • École César Newashish, grades Secondary 1 to Secondary 5

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ministère des Affaires Municipales, Régions et Occupation du territoire - Répertoire des municipalités: Manawan
  2. ^ a b c d "Manawan, Quebec (Code 2462802) census profile". 2011 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2012-10-26.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "cp2011" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  3. ^ Indian and Northern Affairs Canada - Aboriginal Community profile: Manawan First Nation
  4. ^ a b c d "Manawan (Réserve indienne)" (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec. Retrieved 2010-03-15. 
  5. ^ a b c "Histoire de Manawan" (in French). Communauté Atikamekw de Manawan. Retrieved 2010-03-15. 
  6. ^ Natural Resources Canada - Legal Surveys Division, Historical Review - Manawan
  7. ^ The application of laws and regulations in French Aboriginal 1627-1760 Ratelle, Mauritius, Ministry of Energy and Resources, 1991, 48 p... (Aboriginal studies).
  8. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2012-10-26. 
  9. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". Canada 2001 Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012. Retrieved 2012-10-26. 
  10. ^ Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001 census

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