Naskapi is an Central Algonquian language with about 525 speakers in
the Innu community of Kawawachikamach (ᑲᐛᐛᒋᑲᒪᒡ)
in Northern Quebec and Mushuau in Labrador, Canada. The name Naskapi means
"lousy dressers" in Montagnais. They call themselves Innu, and are part of the
same Nation as the Montagnais, though their languages are distinct.
Naskapi is written either with a version of the Cree syllabary in Quebec,
and with the Latin alphabet in Labrador.
ch, k, p and t can be either voiceless or voiced. This doesn't alter the meaning of words
l and r are only used in loanwords from other languages
The Naskapi Nation of Kawawachikamach (the "Nation") (originally known as the
Naskapis de Schefferville Indian Band and later as the Naskapi Band of Quebec) is a
First Nation with a population of approximately 750 registered Indians, who are also
beneficiaries of the Northeastern Québec Agreement ("NEQA"). The majority reside in
Kawawachikamach, Québec, located approximately 16 kilometres northeast of Schefferville.
The village covers an area of approximately 40 acres and is situated on 16 square miles
of Category IA-N land. There is ample room for expansion, whether for residential,
commercial, or industrial purposes.