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Coordinates: 51°41′N 76°15′W / 51.683°N 76.250°W / 51.683; -76.250

Nemaska (Cree: ᓀᒥᔅᑳᐤ/Nemiskâw, meaning underwater point, but commonly associated with the word namesiskâw, meaning lots of fish.) is a small Cree community located on the shores of Lake Champion, in Quebec, Canada. It is a small Cree village with a population of 712 people at the 2011 census.[1] Nemaska is the seat of the Grand Council of the Crees and Cree Regional Authority.

It was officially known (by the Quebec government) as Nemiscau until May 8, 2010.[2]

Nemaska is a new and modern village that consists of Cree families originally living at the Nemiscau trading post on Lake Nemiscau (51°19′N 76°55′W / 51.317°N 76.917°W / 51.317; -76.917). The settlement was abandoned in the mid 1970s when Hydro-Québec proposed hydro-electric development on the Rupert River, which would have resulted in the flooding of the area. The nearby Hydro-Québec electrical substation and airport, both called Nemiscau, create confusion as to the town's name. As a result, many maps indicate the new site by the old name Nemiscau.

Nemaska is accessible by air (from Hydro-Québec's Nemiscau Airport) and by car over the gravel North Road (Route du Nord). About 14 km (8.7 mi) east from the village is the huge Hydro-Québec substation of Nemiscau.


The Cree School Board operates the Luke Mettaweskum School (Cree: ᓘᒃ ᒣᑕᐧᐁᔥᑲᒻ ᒋᔅᑯᑕᒫᒉᐅᑲᒥᒄ).[3]


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