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This community’s land was transferred from the provincial to the federal government in 1955. It was granted reserve status in 1956. In 1961 the Innu living in Pakut-shipu settled in Unaman-shipu, only to leave in 1963. Unaman-shipu, whose name means "the painted (or ochre) river", is 400 km North-East of Sept-Îles, on the north shore of the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, and is accessible only by plane or boat.

Phonetic: U-na-men shi-pu

Number of persons within the community: 1024
Number of persons outside the community: 49
Total: 1073

Territory Name: La Romaine Reserve
Surface: 70.3 hectares (173.7 acres)
Localisation: The community is located 400 kilometres northeast of Sept-Îles, on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River.

Tribal Council: Mamit Innuat

The local economy is based chiefly on arts and handicrafts, trapping, outfitters and tourism.
There are few businesses on the reserve and they are primarily community businesses: arts and handicrafts, convenience store.

École Olamen: Pre-Kindergarden to Secondary 5
Number of students: 280

Fire protection: Fire station, fire engine, firefighting equipment
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: Nursing station managed by the Band council under a transfer agreement with Health Canada.
Main community facilities: Community hall, parish hall, arena, recreation centre, church, kindergarten, community radio station
Housing Units: 263

Statistics Canada (2006 Census)

  • Community
    8:08 min - Indians from all over the East came to Makuanut to marry. The priests realized that if they wanted to reach ...
    Aerial view of the community of Unaman-shipu
  • Mamit Innu Nikamu
    3:27 min - Mamit Innu Nikamu is an aboriginal music festival held in Unaman-shipu in February. Recorded in 1998.
    Encounter between a plane and a skidoo on an ice floe

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