Natuashish

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This article is about the town. For the ethnic group, see Mushuau Innu First Nation.
Natuashish
First Nations reserve
Natuashish is located in Newfoundland and Labrador
Natuashish
Natuashish
Location in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Coordinates: 55°55′00″N 61°07′30″W / 55.91667°N 61.12500°W / 55.91667; -61.12500Coordinates: 55°55′00″N 61°07′30″W / 55.91667°N 61.12500°W / 55.91667; -61.12500
Country  Canada
Province  Newfoundland and Labrador
Settled 1960s (as a permanent settlement), 19th Century (as a trading post)[2]
Recognition under the Indian Act 2002[3]
Government
 • Chief Gregory Rich[4]
 • Federal MP Yvonne Jones (L)
 • Provincial MHA Randy Edmunds (L)
Population (2011)
 • Total 931[1]
Time zone AST (UTC-4)
Area code(s) 709

Natuashish is an Innu community in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. The community is inhabited by the Mushuau Innu First Nation.

Natuashish (Little Sango Pond)[5] was established in 2002 as a planned community in the hopes of resolving the social problems that had plagued the prior community of Davis Inlet, 15 km away.[6] The population of Natuashish at the 2011 Census was 931, up from 706 in 2006.

Initial reports suggested that the Canadian government's plan of renewal and healing had been a failure, as the community was still plagued with alcohol and drug abuse. The government was accused of creating a system overburdened with bureaucracy, and not adequately addressing the issue. The local tribal band was accused of corruption, as was shown in a 2005 CBC report in which it was shown that the leadership was trafficking drugs and other illicit substances to maintain power.[7]

The community's attempt to resolve its problem with alcoholism led to a ban on the sale, purchase, and possession of alcohol within the community. The bylaw was originally passed in 2008 by a margin of two votes.[8] The prohibition bylaw was upheld in a subsequent referendum held in the community in March 2010.[9] The community continues to struggle with drug abuse and youth boredom.[10]

The community is served by the Natuashish Airport.

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