La Fédération des coopératives du Nouveau-Québec is owned by its fourteen member co-ops in the Inuit communities of the Hudson and Ungava coasts of Northern-Québec, or Nunavik, as this region is now called. FCNQ was established in 1967 to provide the rapidly growing cooperative movement with more effective powers and services to help attain their vision – Atautsikut/Together – working to develop as a people, leaving none behind.
The co-op movement is now the largest non-government employer in the region with over 400 full-time and 140 seasonal employees in Nunavik and 160 full-time employees in Montreal.
The co-ops are managed exclusively by Inuit and Cree staff, thereby ensuring that the knowledge and experience gained from operating their collective enterprises remains an asset of the community.
Business done by the cooperative movement in Nunavik each year has grown from $1.1 million in 1967, to $231 million in 2013.