The Sept-Îles Innu’s first reserve goes back to 1906. Most of the families who returned there in the summer were linked to the Sainte-Marguerite River. Although its territory was redefined in 1925, its centre, now in the heart of the city of Sept-Îles, is still occupied by Innu families and bears the name of the old reserve. The territory of Uashat, (which means “the Bay”), at the western extremity of Sept-Îles, was transferred to the federal governement in 1925.
Number of persons within the community: 3050
Number of persons outside the community: 678
Territory Name: Uashat Reserve
Surface: Uashat : 117 hectares (289.1 acres)
Localisation: Uashat is located on the western outskirts of Sept-Îles.
Tribal Council : Mamuitun
The local economy is based chiefly on fishing, logging, trapping, construction, transport, outfitters, and arts and handicrafts.
There are approximately 50 businesses spread across both territories: food, alimentation, couture, management services, landscaping, heavy equipment, beauty care, electrician, translation, campground, convenience store, shopping centre, canoe-making, restaurant, commercial fishing and marine food processing.
The Musée Shaputuan (museum) was founded in 1998.
École Johnny Pilot (Uashat): Kindergarden to Elementary 6
Number of students: 174
École Manikanitesh (Uashat): Secondary 1 to Secondary 5
Number of students : 203
COMMUNITY SERVICES AND INFRASTRUCTURES
Fire protection: Provided by the municipality of Sept-Îles
Police services: Provided by the Aboriginal police force recognized under an agreement between the Band council, the Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec.
Medical care: Health centres managed by the Band council under a transfer agreement with Health Canada.
Main community facilities: Uashat: Community hall, outdoor theatre, senior citizens residence, outdoor skating rink, church, ball field, campground, youth centres, residence for the disabled and outdoor swimming pool
Housing Units: 384
Statistics Canada (2006 Census)