Cree Hunters and Trappers Income Security Board

Cree Communities of Northern Quebec

The Cree population is divided into 9 villages, all located in the province of Québec between the 49th and 55th parallel on the James Bay territory called “Eeyou Istchee”.  The ground and marine surface of this vast territory spreads over 350 000 km² where only approximately 30 000 people live, including 15 000 Cree.

This population has been there for almost 5000 years and maintain their traditional lifestyle by hunting, fishing and trapping.  Because of the biodiversity of the territory, the majestic rivers, and the abundant fauna, the Cree can pursue their traditional activities. The Baie James Cree use the word Eeyouch meaning “the people” and “Eeyou Istchee” which translates “land of the people”.

The northern Cree communities of Québec are: Chisasibi, Eastmain, Mistissini, Nemaska, Oujé-Bougoumou, Waskaganish, Waswanipi, Wemindji and Whapmagoostui.

Visit the “Team” section to see the staff of the Cree communities of northern Québec.