Topic: northern quebec

Travel now allowed among Nunavik communities

People in Nunavik can now travel between communities in the region, as long as they follow public health directions, the Kativik Regional Government announced Friday.

Badly needed elders' homes delayed by COVID-19 in northern Quebec Cree communities

Three 32-bed homes were slated to open by the end of 2021. They now won't open until the summer or fall of 2022 because of a desire to keep outside construction workers away from Cree communities to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Whooping cough confirmed in Sanikiluaq

The Nunavut Department of Health has identified whooping cough in Sanikiluaq and is asking parents to take precautions to protect the very young.

Quebec Cree pass mandatory self-isolation law

"We were concerned with the laws coming from the government of Quebec. They didn't necessarily make sense for us and at times they were contradictory," said Paul John Murdoch, secretary of the Cree Nation Government.

Young man's response to drunk cycling injury, Indigenous hockey team's fight against racism win Gabriel Awards

Two of CBC Quebec's programming teams have been recognized at this year's Gabriel Awards, which recognize the best of the best in film, broadcasting and cross-platform media, honouring works that support themes of dignity, compassion, community and justice.

As deconfinement looms, Cree communities begin asymptomatic testing for COVID-19

Since last week, the Cree health board in northern Quebec has added the ability to carry out 140 screening tests per week on vulnerable populations such as elders and those who aren't showing symptoms, but who have travelled from high risk regions such as Montreal and Ottawa.

Mohawk hunter supplies Mother's Day meal of traditional goose meat to Cree patients in Montreal

Cree Public Health asked hunters like Bob Patton Jr., a Mohawk from Kahnawake and Raymond Duff, a Cree living in Ottawa to harvest geese to help Cree get a taste of home during the COVID-19 lockdowns.

Lessons from H1N1 flu in 2009 helped Quebec Cree communities prepare for COVID-19

In 2009, the H1N1 flu virus hit Kitty's home community of Chisasibi hard — hospitalizing people at a rate 33 times higher than in the rest of Quebec. 

'Not ready' to reopen: Cree and non-Indigenous leaders in James Bay united, ask for more time

"We don't have the big hospitals and specialized care. Should COVID-19 spread, we don't have the capacity or the resources to deal with it," said Cree Grand Chief Abel Bosum.

Cree Nation mourns 1st known Cree death from COVID-19

“It was our deepest hope that our Cree Nation would be spared the worst consequences of this virus. Unfortunately, and despite our best efforts, we have lost a dear elder,” said Cree Grand Chief Abel Bosum. 

Spring melt meant this northern Quebec snowmobile misadventure wouldn't quit

Emergency rescue was demanding, but nobody expected the rescuers to need rescuing.

Cree health board chair announces her husband has been diagnosed with COVID-19

News comes as number of COVID-19 cases assigned to the Cree territory increases to eight.

Nunavik police seize $12K worth of liquor headed to Puvirnituq and Inukjuak

Police seized 55 bottles of vodka, 4 bottles of spirits, and 4 cases of beer using multiple search warrants.

12-year-old Eastmain hunter opens goose hunt amid calls to follow COVID-19 bush guidelines

This year, officials with the Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay are asking hunters to take special precautions and measures to stay safe while away for Goose Break because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

'Medicine within the dance': from health-care worker to hoop dancer

Since the outbreak of novel coronavirus, Makhena Katerie Rankin Guérin has brought her hoop and jingle-dress dancing to the seniors living in lockdown at Symphony Senior Living Orléans, where she works.

Drive-by birthdays organized by police and firefighters in northern Quebec village

The police and fire departments in the fly-in community of Whapmagoostui, Que., have started organizing birthday greetings with sirens and songs. Four-year-old Sammy Salt was pleased.

Makivik president demands Quebec premier reconsider decision to reopen mines

The head of the organization representing Inuit in northern Quebec is outraged over a provincial government decision allowing mines to reopen in the midst of the novel coronavirus pandemic, and is asking for a one-on-one meeting with the premier. 

Cree youth turn to social media to promote COVID-19 safety awareness

The Cree Nation Youth Council launched a series of daily #StayAtHome challenges in late March that include goose calling, hand washing, fiddle dancing among others.

Ten-foot tall polar bear pays a visit to Nunavik family's home

A family in the northern Nunavik community of Quaqtaq, Que., woke up to a polar bear trying to break into their home this week.

Agency nurse working for Cree health board tests positive for COVID-19

Health officials for the Cree health board in northern Quebec say all the protocols were followed to protect patients and communities after an agency nurse working at Hotel Espresso in Montreal tested positive for the novel coronavirus. 

'Dangerously compromising': Quebec mining sector reopening a concern for Indigenous leaders

News that the mining sector has been added to the list of priority activities in Quebec is being met with worry and concern from some Indigenous leaders in the province. 

Northern Quebec hip-hop group invites Indigenous youth to show off dance moves

The idea behind the #showmeyourstyle contest was to give young people stuck at home because of COVID-19 something positive to do, and to give Indigenous youth a platform to showcase their dancing talent.

Nunavik confirms 11th case of COVID-19, announces new phase of testing

Health officials in Nunavik say they are entering a new phase of confirming cases of COVID-19, as they announced the 11th case of the illness in the region on Monday.

COVID-19 cases still low but tougher days could come on reserves: Indigenous Services minister

The federal minister of Indigenous Services says even though the number of COVID-19 cases on reserves remains low, no one should be complacent.

Nunavik now has 6 cases of COVID-19

The Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services has announced a sixth case of COVID-19 in the region.

Cree learning in northern Quebec moves online

Faced with COVID-19 school shutdowns until at least May, the Cree School Board in northern Quebec has launched an online platform offering lessons and resources in East Cree, English and French. 

Emergency fund to help get more Cree hunters to bush camps

To help get as many hunters and their families out to bush camps as early as possible this spring, Cree officials have launched a $1.6 million emergency fund. 

Chisasibi youth, close contact diagnosed with COVID-19

Two more Chisasibi residents have been diagnosed with COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases among Quebec Cree to six.

'Very worried' Indigenous dads make public plea for COVID-19 compliance

Parents of kids with underlying health conditions are pleading with the public to obey the latest advice from public health officials.

Air Creebec passenger service in Quebec grounded due to COVID-19

'When everything is unlocked, I think it's going to take time, just like 9/11, for people to fly again,' said Air Creebec President Matthew Happyjack. 

4 cases of COVID-19 among Cree reported in territory and Montreal

There are now four cases of COVID-19 among Cree in Quebec — three in communities in northern Quebec and one case involving a Cree patient in Montreal. 

Quebec's Indigenous leaders welcome checkpoints designed to limit COVID-19 spread

Some First Nation leaders in Quebec say they are pleased with the province's decision to forbid non-essential travel to several regions considered particularly at risk from novel coronavirus. 

Cree police called in to action as Waswanipi tightens community access

"Our police officers now have the authority to take action against people who are not abiding by the measures or the directions from the leadership," said Cree Grand Chief Abel Bosum. 

Cree patient in Montreal tests positive for COVID-19

Extra measures are being put in place at Cree health board lodging in Montreal after a patient recently released from a Montreal-area hospital tested positive for COVID-19.

'Like superheros': Northern Quebec grocery store a vital service for residents

A northern Quebec grocery store a vital link for residents as the novel coronavirus has residents staying put.

Northern and NorthMart staff to get pay bump for working through pandemic

“It’s really a thank you to them because our stores have been really busy,” said Alex Yeo, president of Canadian retail for The North West Company. 

Cree officials ask goose hunters to stay close to home over COVID-19 concerns

The Cree Trappers Association and the Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay have issued a joint statement asking hunters to abandon plans to hunt in the South this year in places near Montreal and Ottawa, such as Alfred, Ontario, over concerns about COVID-19. 

There are dangers of cancelling important health appointments over COVID-19 fears: Cree officials

Health officials in northern Quebec Cree communities are warning people not to miss important medical appointments with specialists in the South over fears of the novel coronavirus.

Cree community of Waswanipi establishes checkpoint

The Northern Quebec community of Waswanipi set up a checkpoint Wednesday to monitor who is coming in and out of the community, encourage people to stick close to home and to share public health information about COVID-19.

Cree School Board worried about students falling behind amid COVID-19 shutdown

Officials at the Cree School Board say they are concerned about students falling behind as a result of the school closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

'Do not come to Nunavik,' urge Inuit leaders in attempt to block spread of COVID-19

The threat of a novel coronavirus outbreak decimating northern Quebec as past epidemics have is being taken seriously by local health officials, who say overcrowded living conditions make it nearly impossible for residents to keep a safe distance from one another.
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Your North: Best reader photos for the month of February

February is long past, but we're catching up on your best shots of the month that was in our latest gallery.

Quebec Cree schools, daycares closed despite low risk, say officials

Education and government officials in the Quebec Cree Nation are falling in step with measures announced Friday by the provincial government to slow the progress of the coronavirus, but say the risk in the territory remains very low.

Winter storm causes road closures in Abitibi region

A winter storm hammered the Abitibi region in Quebec Friday, prompting several road closures. Environment Canada is forecasting 25-35 centimetres of snow for Chibougamau and Mistissini through this afternoon and tonight.

Several Cree Nation mining conference delegates in self-quarantine

Some events have been cancelled in Quebec Cree communities as a result of COVID-19 and 25 people from four different Cree communities have been asked to self-quarantine after attending a Toronto mining conference where at least one person has since tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. 

Rupert River Cup almost lost in blizzard after snowmobile trip gone wrong on James Bay

The Moose Factory Scrappers travelled by snowmobile to attend a Senior's Class A tournament in Waskaganish, Que. After winning the tournament, the Rupert River Cup almost didn't survived the trip home across James Bay.

Cree leaders work to calm fears over surprising $4.7B infrastructure deal

Cree leaders in Quebec are focused on reassuring a jittery population after announcing a far-reaching economic development agreement with Quebec regarding massive infrastructure improvements in the territory over the next 30 years and, very likely, more resource extraction projects.

$4.7B 'Grande Alliance' agreement in northern Quebec is called Cree vision of development

The Grand Council of the Crees says the Grande Alliance, a $4.7 billion economic development project announced Monday, is the Cree vision of development and represents a 'clear break from the past colonial and paternalistic government policies' that kept their communities undeveloped. 
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2-Spirit Cree singer releases video about journey from struggle to hope

A 19-year-old two-spirit Cree singer and educator credits art and music with saving their life and honours their mother and first love in a new single and video Love is up the River.

Grandparents' teachings inspire new head of Cree museum and cultural institute

The Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute (ACCI) and museum in northern Quebec has a new executive director, Minnie Coonishish-Longchap who says she brings the teachings of her grandparents to the job.
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Your North: Best reader photos for the week of Jan. 27

February is here! Celebrate the start of a new month with your best submitted photos of the past week from across the North.

Quebec Cree hip-hop duo make video about youth struggles

The group The NorthStars hope its video will trigger some important conversations about mental health.

Nature photographer dead after weekend accident in northern Quebec

A 50-year-old nature photographer, John Wapachee from Oujé-Bougoumou, was killed as a result of a head-on collision early Sunday morning near Senneterre in northern Quebec.
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Your North: Best reader photos for the week of Jan. 20

With temperatures warming up in much of the territories, Northerners are heading out to experience all the winter has to offer: hunting, festivals, and of course, the aurora. Take a look at your best shots from the past week.

Cree interest in private home ownership very high, but issues with readiness remain: report

Programs to increase financial literacy and education encouraging high-income earners to move out of social housing are just some of the ideas put forth in a housing report prepared for the Cree Nation Government.

Quebec reducing 2020 moose quotas in de la Vérendrye reserve

The Quebec government is reducing the sport moose hunt in the réserve faunique La Vérendrye by 30 per cent for 2020 in what it calls a "precautionary measure", but maintains a moratorium is not needed.  

Quebec Cree, Algonquin say moose populations need more protection

Some Indigenous hunting groups in Quebec say more needs to be done to protect moose populations in the province. 
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Your North: Best reader photos for the week of January 6

From hunting to fishing, ducks on a pond and alpha wolf prints, here's a look at your best photos of the week from across the territories.
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Your North: Best reader photos for the week of December 30

Ring in the new year with some incredible shots from across the territories, as we bring you the best reader-submitted photos from the past week.
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Your North: CBC North's best reader photos of 2019

Every year, our readers deliver incredible photos from around the North, and 2019 was no exception. From Northern lights to northern life, here's a look at the best of the year: your top 10, plus 20 honourable mentions.

'These young people want to heal': Music helps northern Quebec youth

Several youth from the most northern of the Quebec Cree communities have contributed to the Whapmagoostui Youth Album, which was just released on iTunes and Spotify. The songwriting and production project came together over the last year, funded by the Cree Nation Youth Council, as well as the local band.

How the kindness of northerners helped a small, stuffed cat get home to Chisasibi

'Perdu dans la toundra' (which means 'Lost in the Tundra' in English), is a children's book that tells the story of how the kindness of northerners helped a small, grey stuffed cat named 'Chat' make its way back to worried four-year-old in Quebec.

Waswanipi in the dark for several hours after truck downs wires

The entire Quebec Cree community of Waswanipi was without power for several hours Tuesday after a snow removal truck took down some overhead wires. 

'He still has a smile': Man walks through northern Quebec for grandson with cancer

James Neeposh is walking more than 250 km for his 13-year-old grandson Phoenix, who is in Montreal receiving treatment for his seventh recurrence of bone cancer.

Logging road near where Quebec nurse's body found is closed, but questions remain

A logging road in northern Quebec near where George He was found is now closed. Now, there are questions about how to keep travellers safe from harm when their GPS or Google Maps send them on the wrong route. 

Nunavik man arrested after allegedly pointing gun at officer

A man is in custody and faces charges after a gun incident in Quaqtaq, Que., on Nov. 26.

Waskaganish students back in class but school still closed after diesel spill

Last month, a faulty generator hose caused a diesel spill that went undetected for several hours in the maintenance room at the École Annie Whiskeychan Memorial Elementary School. Students are back in class for the first time since Nov. 20.
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Your North: Best reader photos from November

December is almost here, and we're celebrating the holiday season with a gallery of your best shots from the month that was. 

'Something magical': Eastmain leads Cree territory in graduation rates 3 years running

The Cree School Board in northern Quebec is setting ambitious graduation rate targets that are higher than those in Quebec public schools, and turning to one of its own schools for inspiration. 

'A chance to live': Single mom of 5 shares profound impact of organ donation

Colleen Atsynia credits an organ donor with giving her back her life after she was forced to leave her family, job and community in 2015 to receive dialysis treatment in Montreal.

'Like losing a loved one': Quebec dam renaming painful for some Cree

This week, Hydro-Québec officials and Quebec premier François Legault announced the renaming of a dam and generating station in honour of former Quebec premier Bernard Landry. Some Cree leaders support the re-dedication, but for others, it is a painful reminder of all that development has cost.

Keepers of the Language: Nunavut's newsreader has done it all, from garbage man to mayor

Kowisa Arlooktoo's voice is one people across Nunavut and Northern Quebec have been waking up to every weekday for more than a decade — he reads the day’s news in Inuktitut. 

Eastmain Dam renamed in honour of Quebec's 28th premier, Bernard Landry

The late Bernard Landry, Parti Québécois leader from 2001 to 2005 and the premier from 2001 to 2003, is described as a "great friend" to the Quebec Cree Nation. 

Quebec Cree launch $1M internship fund to bring graduates home

Quebec Cree launch a $1 million internship fund as part of capacity building work to help youth develop to their full potential and benefit from an estimated 10,000 jobs available in public and private sector in Eeyou Istchee.
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Your North: Best reader photos from September

We're catching up on your best reader photos with two super-sized galleries. Up first: the best photos from September from across the territories and Northern Quebec.

A path to the past: History trail project taking shape in northern Quebec

The Weskitch Tibaajimuwin Meskinuu is a walking trail meant to connect Waswanipi people — youth in particular — to the history of their community and make them proud of where they come from.  

Cree trappers working to save endangered bats in northern Quebec

Tallymen, or Cree land stewards, are collaborating with a non-profit in northern Quebec to identify and enhance habitat for two endangered bat species at the northern end of their range in the province. The project is also in collaboration with the Cree-run Nibiischii Wildlife Reserve.

Quebec Indigenous leaders question gov't commitment to Indigenous issues

With just over one week to go until Canadians head to the polls in a federal election, Quebec's Indigenous leaders are condemning past governments for "colonialist and discriminatory" attitudes on Indigenous issues.
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'I'm angry': Cree man can't use trapline, blames debris prospectors left behind

An abandoned prospecting camp on John Rupert's trapline near Whapmagoostui includes some 300 barrels, 100 old propane tanks, heavy machinery and 14 decaying cabins. Efforts are underway to clean up abandoned mineral exploration sites across Eeyou Istchee James Bay territory.

Quebec Cree community to get regional hospital

The new hospital will provide close to 20,000 Cree in nine communities specialized services such as surgery, cancer treatment, CT scans, gynecology and obstetrics.

Children who never returned from residential school commemorated in Quebec

The names of 2,800 Indigenous children who died while in Canada's Indian Residential School system were commemorated Monday.

Cree community discusses dream of higher education options at home

Two days of discussions about how to meet some of the higher education needs of the Quebec Cree Nation locally are happening this week in Chisasibi. The main idea on the table is the creation of what's being called Chiiyaaniu College — meaning 'our college.'

New space gives Cree students a place for traditional learning in Waswanipi

The Cree community of Waswanipi inaugurated a cultural camp for high school students to learn Cree culture in a culturally appropriate space.

Quebec Cree pass language act as its 1st-ever legislation

Quebec Cree are celebrating the passing of their government's first law — Bill 1, or the Cree Language Act of Eeyou Istchee.

Etulu Etidloie, celebrated Cape Dorset musician, dies

Etidloie was well-known across Baffin Island and in Nunavik for his songs, through which he shared personal memories.

Hands in the dirt allows Cree woman to connect with ancestors

Josephine Diamond, 29, found a pipe dating from the 1800s and a passion for archaeology through her work with Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute's archeology team in the James Bay region of Quebec.

'A profound benefit': Home dialysis coming to Quebec Cree

The Cree Board of Health and Social Services announced the launch of a home hemodialysis pilot project Thursday, in collaboration with the Cree Nation of Waswanipi.

Cree community tackles bootlegging and drug dealing

More than 200 people attended a community meeting in Chisasibi to discuss the illegal sale of drugs and alcohol and the resulting social issues, as the community deals with the suicides of three youth since January.
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Quebec Cree deal with travel, isolation just to see a medical specialist

Each year, thousands of Quebec Cree patients travel south to see medical specialists unavailable in the North. Montreal's Espresso Hotel is one of the places patients stay.

Quebec Cree community bans plastic bags, Styrofoam

The James Bay Cree community of Chisasibi has become the first in Eeyou Istchee to ban plastic shopping bags and Styrofoam containers.

Waskaganish rolls out traditional welcome and lodging for visitors

The manager of the culture and tourism department in the James Bay community of Waskaganish hopes a traditional camp for visitors to sleep in will be a way to both extend a Cree welcome to traveller’s and to break down barriers between different cultures. 

APTN launches French-language national news program

The Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) is launching a weekly national newscast in French with a host hailing from the James Bay Cree community of Waswanipi, Que.

For English-speaking police in Quebec, access to PTSD services is not a guarantee

For Harold Bosum and other police officers in Quebec suffering from PTSD, services are difficult to access or tailored to those who speak French.

As school year begins, Nunavut and Nunavik face major teacher shortages

Teacher shortages are continuing across Nunavut and Nunavik for another year, with both regions racing to hire dozens of teachers as schools begin to open for the fall.

Man found safe after 24 hours in northern Quebec bush

A search involving police, firefighters, Canadian Rangers, family and community volunteers from Chisasibi, Que., ended on a happy note when the man was found safe.

Nunavik's new addictions centre will focus on treating the whole family

The Isuarsivik Regional Recovery Centre is breaking ground on a new addictions treatment centre in Nunavik this month.  
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Your North: Best reader photos for the week of August 5

Summer is continuing to deliver incredible views from across the territories as the calendar turns to August. Take a look at your best photos from the past week.

Cree cuber wins national championship

Walter Duff from Chisasibi, Que., won the Skewb event with a time of 3.77 seconds.

'We can learn from it': Cree grand chief asks for return of ceremonial beaded hood

The grand chief of the James Bay Cree has asked the mayor of Montreal for the return of a ceremonial hood held in the Lachine Museum since 1948.

Nunavik Inuit genetically unique among present-day world populations, study finds

Researchers have mapped the complete genetic profile of Inuit in the northern Quebec region of Nunavik and found that the population is genetically different from any present-day people in the world.