The Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee)/Cree Nation Government is working with the Cree Health Board to keep you updated on COVID-19 information for Eeyou Istchee.
Resources, Publications and Announcements on COVID-19
Total confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Eeyou Istchee since 15 March: 10
0 active | 10 recovered
If you are worried about COVID-19, call your CMC or the Cree Board of Health COVID-19 Info Line’s toll-free number:
We are working with the Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay, the Cree School Board and local governments to answer your questions. You can submit questions ahead of time on our Facebook page or in the Livestream comments.
The Population of Eeyou Istchee is particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 for the following reasons:
Eeyou Istchee remains COVID-19 free with sporadic cases being identified while southern Quebec represents the epicentre for the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada.
Despite the maintenance of consistently high numbers of COVID-19 cases in Southern Quebec, the Government is moving forward with the deconfinement of regions and the re-starting of industries.
Quebec had imposed regional travel restrictions that have assisted greatly in reducing the risk of COVID-19 entering Eeyou Istchee, the regional travel restrictions will be lifted in the coming weeks, despite any differences that
may exist in infection rates within the different regions;
The two single largest threats to the capacity of healthcare in communities in regard to COVID-19 remain:
Beyond the physical distancing and other preventative measures, the Cree Nation must maintain control and monitor closely those that come into Eeyou Istchee from Southern regions.
As the pandemic continues, we must maintain the precautionary measures put in place to protect our Elders, our community members providing essential services and our health network that has been working hard to keep us safe. These measures have been highly effective in keeping our communities safe. We thank you all for your cooperation during this challenging time.
*The 2017 Governance Agreement provides Cree First Nations with the authority to adopt and implement their own laws in Category 1A lands. These laws supersede laws of the provincial or federal governments.
**Area of Risk is identified with expertise from the Public Health Department with consideration to the epidemiological data available for these regions and areas.
From the start of the COVID-19 pandemic on March 12, Eeyou Istchee adopted many measures to protect the health and well-being of our communities.
This resulted in our region having the lowest rate of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Quebec to date, because of cooperation between Cree entities, local leaders, and people in our communities.
Yet, these restrictions have come at a cost. They have affected the mental and social well-being of our people, and our local economy.
For these reasons, Eeyou Istchee, like many nations around the world, now sees the need for a gradual return to some kind of “normal” to reduce the negative effects of confinement on our population.
While many regions of Quebec have started the deconfinement process, our region will wait at least 14 days after the end of Goose Break.
This extra time will allow the CBHSSJB Regional Public Health Department to monitor a potential increase in the rate of infection, as families return from their camps.
If all goes well, Eeyou Istchee can start the deconfinement process in the second week of June. We will take a very cautious approach.
Our population has particular vulnerabilities, and our health care system has limited capacity to cope with a large number of cases. For these reasons, we must be extra careful. Eeyou Istchee’s deconfinement will take place in 5 phases, with a gradual loosening of measures at each stage.
Areas of risk will be reviewed as the situation in Eeyou Istchee and surrounding areas evolves. A person travelling from an area of risk will have to self-isolate for a period of 14 days in accordance with the Self Isolation Law.
We have updated our page to add more updated content. We have created a PDF to provide an overview of:
You can find all of this information as well on the Cree Board of Health’s website dedicated to COVID-19 at: