Crees of Eeyou Istchee

The Crees of Eeyou Istchee - Eeyou means People and Eeyou Istchee means People's Land. Eleven Cree communities united through their culture, their traditional values and their common interests. Crees who are divided into eleven groups based on their respective dialect and region.

Cree First Nations who went from an extensive trade alliance with the Hudson Bay and who were extorted by Europeans who only wanted to expand their own wealth and their own influence. Eleven Cree First Nations and eleven communities who are now independently administered by each of their respective local governments.

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Cree Communities of Eeyou Istchee

Cree communities and hundreds of "traplines" formally called traditional family hunting and trapping grounds. A long-established territory mostly located in the northern part of the province of Quebec. Nine of the eleven Cree communities are part of the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement.


Cree communities such as Whapmagoostui as in Place of Whales, Chisasibi as in Great or Big River, Wemindji as in Paint Hills or Red Ochre Mountain, Eastmain as in "...", Waskaganish as in Little House, Nemaska as in Place of Plentiful Fish, Waswanipi as in Light on the Water, Oujé-Bougoumou as in Place Where People Gather and Mistissini as in Big Rock.

The 10th, Washaw Sibi - the River that Runs into the Bay and the 11th, MoCreebec - Those Who Reside or Have Resided in Moose Factory still maintain a unique affiliation with the other Eeyou First Nation. Eleven Cree Nations and Cree websites.

A Cree Nation and a Cree language that belongs to the Algonquian linguistic and cultural family, the most widely spoken Indigenous language in Canada. Almost the entire Cree Nation speaks Cree with English being the second language of many. Cree stories that tell about their past, their religion, the presence of a Great Manitou and the belief that all natural objects, animals, plants, trees, rivers, mountains, rocks have souls. 

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Cree First Nations - Administration and Government

Two distinct legal entities and two Councils where common Cree Nation issues are addressed. Both have identical membership, identical board of directors and governing structure and both are managed and operated as one organization by the Cree Nation.

Each Cree First Nation is administered independently through its local government and each elected Chief sits on the Board of Directors of the Grand Council of Eeyou Istchee as well as on the Council of the Cree Nation Government.

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Cree Nations issues such as Apatisiiwin skills development, child and family services, commerce and industry, capital works and services, Eeyou Eenou police force, environment and remedial works, finance and treasury, human resources, justice and correctional services as well as social and cultural development. Apatisiiwin in Cree, employment, training and jobs in English.

Montreal Kits - Crees of Eeyou Istchee
Cree Singular - Crees Plural

The Abenakis, Anishinaabeg, Atikamekw, CreesHuron-Wendats, Innus, Maliseets, Mi'kmaq, Mowhawks, Naskapis First Nations and, thInuit in Inuit Nunangat, the Arctic regions of Greenland, Canada and Alaska.


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