APTN National News
The Innu Nation is attempting to unify across provincial boundaries.
Chiefs from nine Innu communities met on Dec. 16 in Uashat mak Mani-Utenam in Quebec to sign a declaration of “strengthened unity.”
There has been historical friction between the Innu in Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador.
The nine communities, however, are now planning to hold a summit in the spring of 2014.
“All the chiefs agree on the objectives of working together to develop an Innu governance, to achieve recognition of the nation and the autonomy of its members,” said a statement from the Innu nation.
The Innu Nation has a population of about 20,000 and is comprised of Pakua Ship, Unamen Shipu, Nutashkuan, Ekuanitshit, Uashat mak Mani-Utenam, Matimekush-Lac john, pessamit, Essipit and mashteuiatsh.
The Innu’s territory covers large areas in Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador.