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Coordinates: 52°49′9.8″N 67°11′53.3″W / 52.819389°N 67.198139°W / 52.819389; -67.198139

Map of Nitaskinan

Nitaskinan is the ancestral homeland of the Atikamekw people. It is located in the valley of the Saint-Maurice River in Quebec, Canada, it covers an area of 80,000 km2.[1] On 8 September 2014, the Conseil de la Nation Atikamekw declared unilaterally the sovereignty of the Atikamekw Nation on the Nistaskinan;[2][3][4][5] the objective of this is mainly to obtain a right of review for the projects exploiting the natural resources and to highlight the Atikamekw's identity. Nistaskinan means "our land" in the Atikamekw language. From a legal perspective, according to the Indian Act, the Atikamekw have self-administration on three Indian reserves, Manawan, Obedjiwan and Wemotaci, but the Nitaskinan covers an area much wider.

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  1. ^ "Les Attikameks s'attaquent à l'indifférence de Québec". Le Devoir (in French). 9 September 2014. Retrieved 20 April 2017.
  2. ^ "Les Atikamekw déclarent leur souveraineté". (in French). 8 September 2014. Retrieved 20 April 2017.
  3. ^ Caron, Jean-François (2016). "La declaration de souveraineté de la nation atikamekw : les méandres de l'octroi d'un titre aborigène" [The declaration of sovereignty of the Atikamekw Nation: the windings of granting an Aboriginal title]. Canadian Ethnic Studies (in French). 48 (1): 141–160. ISSN 0008-3496. Retrieved 20 April 2017.
  4. ^ "Couillard minimise la portée de la déclaration de souveraineté Atikamekw". (in French). 9 September 2014. Retrieved 20 April 2017.
  5. ^ Gagné, Louis (8 September 2014). "Les Atikamekws declarant leur souveraineté". TVA Nouvelles (in French). Retrieved 20 April 2017.