About Us

Tshiuetin Rail Transportation,
a historic first!

Our entreprise

To ensure the long-term economic and social development of their communities, the First Nations of Uashat Mak Mani-Utenam, Matimekush-Lac John and Kawawachikamach created Tshiuetin Rail Transportation Inc, to operate a railway service between Emeril Jct in Labrador and the Town of Schefferville in Quebec.

Its mission is to offer to its clients a high quality, safe, and reliable rail service, at a competitive price that is responsive to the requirements of the populations, served and to create and retain quality jobs for the members of our communities.

In addition, to maintain a close bond between the communities of Uashat Mak Mani-Utenam, Matimekush-Lac John and Kawawachikamach, by 2015 TSH will be one of the main employers in the transportation industry in Northern Quebec. Its strong commitment to the quality of its services, the development of its employees and its contribution to the members of its founding communities, will make it the best all-round company in Northern Quebec.

Meaning of the word Tshiuetin

Tshiuetin means “North Wind”. A selected expression for a Nordic way and also it underlines the impact of such a company for the aboriginal communities. Indeed, it is a strong wind of freshness which blows now. For the first time in the history of our country, a railroad is owned by a group of First Nations.

Main values shared by our organization

Safety

The commitment to implement the necessary means to ensure the safety of travelers and personnel, in compliance with health and safety standards and environmental policies.

Customer satisfaction

Our concern to provide quality services to customers (including in terms of clealiness, hygiene and access to the territory) and to maintain our courtesy and reliability standards of the service offered.

Quality of Employer-Employee relationships

The determination to be an employer of choice providing sustainable and quality jobs for members of the communities. To provide a work climate with a high level of satisfaction for employees and their managers, as well as respect for each person and for their differences by promoting intercultural rapprochement within the company.

Profitability

The constant concern to properly manage the financial investments and the contributions granted by the governments and to achieve an excellent return on investment for the shareholder nations.

History

Sept-Îles, December 15, 2004. Tshiuetin Rail Transportation, the first ever railway owned by Aboriginal people–”the Montagnais” from Uashat mak Mani-Utenam and Matimekoch/Lac John as well as “the Naskapis” from Kawawachicamach–will launch its operations December 1, 2005.

Tshiuetin Rail Transportation is determined to offer its customers high quality services. “We want to provide up to two safe and comfortable passenger train services per week. To meet this objective, we purchased new equipment, improved safety measures and ensured compliance with federal regulations”.

Increased media coverage of the new company will help the public better understand what Tshiuetin Rail Transport really stands for. “The train will reflect the people who use it, as well as the people who work for it. Aboriginal people are proud of their culture and heritage. I have no doubt they will do their best to ensure the efficient operation of the company–their company,”.

“This large project will be an important new asset for the First Nations, while benefiting the regional economy. This represents an added value for Tshiuetin Rail Transportation’s key objective, which is to provide the population of Schefferville with a rail service respectful of Amerindian culture”.

Tshiuetin Rail Transportation Inc. is 132.5 miles of railway connecting Emeril (Labrador) and Schefferville. The owners are the 3 following first Nations:

Nation Innu Matimekush-Lac-John
Naskapi Nation of Kawawachikamach
Innu Takuaikan Uashat mak Mani Utenam

Key Dates

September 28, 2004: Creation of Tshiuetin Rail Transportation

December 1, 2005: Start of operations

December 23, 2010: Creation of Tshiuetin S.E.C.

August 4, 2014: Inauguration of the administrative offices

September 29, 2007: Inauguration of the Schefferville station

March 10, 2020: Acquisition of Ateliers Tshiuetin

A Qualified Team

To help you go further

Canadian Transportation Act requirement for a Three-Year Plan

Pursuant to Section 141 of the Canada Transportation Act, TRT has updated its Three-Year Rail Network Plan.

Tshiuetin Rail Transportation Inc. does not intend “To Discontinue” any line or segment of its Rail Network within the next three years.

This plan is up to date as of February 1st, 2021. It demonstrates TRT’s intent to continue operations over its whole Rail Network.

The Schedule A is comprise of a Map and shows our entire Rail Network in operation since mile 225,3 to mile 357,6. (Direction North-South-North).