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Attawapiskat First Nation

The community sits on a historic traditional site where Cree families have lived for centuries. It is located in the middle of some of the best fishing in the world. You can fish for Pike, Salmon, Trout and Pickerel, on the mighty Attawapiskat River during the summer and winter. Or you can travel to other rivers and lakes along the James Bay coast. In the spring and fall, families travel to the mushkeg hunting grounds on the James Bay coast for Canada Goose, Wavies and Snow Goose. Cree hunters and trappers still follow a traditional hunting and gathering lifestyle. They harvest animals such as moose, beaver, rabbit and caribou to feed their families. They also use hides and furs for traditional crafts such as hide mitts, gloves, moccasins and hats.

While visiting or working in Attawapiskat First Nation, those staying at the Kataquapit Inn can also find local guides and traditional First Nation people who provide boat tours during the summer months by freighter canoe. These summer tours involve the Attawapiskat River and the open salt water James Bay with destinations such as Akamiski Island, Ekwan River, Lawashi River and other points along the coast. Snowmobile tours with local guides are also possible during the winter months. Guides can be arranged for winter and summer tours and hunting and fishing trips through several packages. Check with our friendly staff for more information.

During the cold months, a winter road which links Attawapiskat FN to Kashechewan FN, Fort Albany FN, Moosonee and Moose Factory, is open to snowmobile, vehicle (car, truck or van) and heavy equipment transports. This winter road is open for safe travelling most years from about January to March.

The First Nation is a remote community without highway or railway access. Air travel and air cargo is the only year round transportation. Seasonal transportation services for supplies, equipment and vehicles are provided by barge (during the summer months) and winter road (during the winter). In addition, Cree hunters, trappers, fishermen and traditional travellers occasionally use wood and canvas hull freighter canoes for long haul trips up and down the James Bay coast.

 

 

 

 

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