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The Naskapi are the indigenous inhabitants of northeastern Quebec and Labrador. They are direct descendants of the nomadic caribou hunters who lived across the subarctic tundra and taiga of the Laurentian plateau. They were relocated by the Hudson’s Bay Company several times between 1842 and 1948. In 1956 they moved to Schefferville, Quebec, and finally moved into a permanent new community in nearby Kawawachikamach in the 1980s. The western dialect of Naskapi is the principal language in Kawawachikamach, spoken by all and written by many. Naskapi is in the Algonquian language family, and a member of the Cree-Innu subgroup, and is most closely related to East Cree varieties. It is written using a local adaptation of the Canadian Syllabic script.

About This Translation

A translation of the New Testament was begun in Naskapi in the 1970s under the auspices of the Wycliffe Bible Translators (WBT).  WBT personnel partnered with the Naskapi Development Corporation to complete a New Testament, which CBS published in 2007. Work continues on the Old Testament and other local language development projects.