Matagami is a small town in the Canadian province of Quebec. It’s north of Amos, on Matagami Lake, at the intersection of Route 109 and the James Bay Road (French: Route de la Baie James). It is administratively separate from the central municipality of Eeyou Istchee James Bay Regional Government, but is enclaved within it. According to the 2011 Census of Canada, the town had a population of 1,526 people.
Matagami was founded in 1963 as a result of the expansion of mining in the region. It used to be just a small prospecting camp accessible only by float plane, but after a viable mineral deposit was discovered in the late 1950s, it became a permanent settlement.
The Quebec Toponomy Commission attempted to name the new settlement Mazenod after Charles-Joseph-Eugène de Mazenod, the founder of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, but the community was renamed Matagami Lake after a public uproar by local residents. Matagami is a Cree word that means “water confluence.” On April 17, 1962, Matagami held its first church service.
Xstrata and Domtar are the city’s two largest employers. Domtar has had a presence in Matagami since 1988, when it acquired Bisson & Bisson. When Xstrata bought Falconbridge Ltd in 2006, it joined Matagami. Perseverance, a zinc-copper volcanogenic massive sulphide ore deposit, was placed into production by Xstrata in 2008. Perseverance has a 5.5-year mine life. Since 1957, ten deposits have been found and mined for a total of “44.4 million tonnes with a similar average grade,” including the world-class Matagami Lake deposit.
In addition, due to the popularity of fishing and hunting in northern Quebec, Matagami has a small tourism industry. Full-service bars are available at the Matagami Hotel and the Caribou Motel.
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