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Cree Nation of Wemindji

Wemindji, from wiimin uchii meaning "ochre hills" in Cree formerly known as Old Factory, a little island 45 kilometres south of the current location. Wemindji has been relocated since 1959 and sits at the mouth of the Maquatua River on the east coast of James Bay, in northern Quebec

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Wemindji, from wiimin uchii meaning “ochre hills” in Cree formerly known as Old Factory, a little island 45 kilometres south of the current location. Wemindji has been relocated since 1959 and sits at the mouth of the Maquatua River on the east coast of James Bay, in northern Quebec, Canada. Wemindji’s nearest major city is Montreal and we are approximately 1400 kilometres north of it.

Old Factory Band was first established in 1951 on an Island of Paakumshumwashtikw meaning “Old Factory Bay” now known as the Cree Nation of Wemindji. Since the relocation of our people from Old Factory Island to our current location, Wemindji has grown at a rapid pace now home to over 1,400 people.

Traditional activities and events such as the spring and fall goose hunt, the walking out ceremonies are just some of them that remain to be a vital part of our community life. It has been said that Wemindji becomes like a ghost town when the hunt for geese is at its prime.

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