On the western shore of Champion Lake lies Nemaska (“plentiful fish”), the smallest Cree community of the region. In 1970, the closing of the last Hudson's Bay Company trading post led to the dispersal of its population towards neighbouring communities. Seven years later, the former residents re-established the community. Today, Nemaska is a modern community, accessible via the Route du Nord, and an important administrative centre hosting the offices of the Grand Council of the Crees and of the Cree Regional Authority.