In partnership with the Government of Québec, the Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay provides health and social services to the 9 communities of the Cree nation of Eeyou Istchee
Founded in 1978, the Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay (CBHSSJB) is responsible for the administration of health and social services for all persons residing permanently or temporarily in Region 18, the administrative region of the Ministry of Health and Social Services of Quebec corresponding to the Cree territory of James Bay. Our mandate is defined in Chapter S-5—An Act respecting health services and social services for Cree Native persons.
Cree values and traditions were envisaged as key to the development of health and social services delivery systems in Section 14 of the 1975 James Bay and Northern Québec Agreement (JBNQA), which was the basis for the creation of the Cree Health Board.
In each of the nine communities of Eeyou Istchee, the CBHSSJB operates a Community Miyupimaatisiiun Centre (CMC), which is similar to an Integrated Health and Social Services Centre (CISSS) elsewhere in Quebec. CMCs offer services in general medicine, home care, dentistry, social services and allied health.
In addition to CMCs, the CBHSSJB operates the Chisasibi Regional Hospital, three group homes for youth at risk, a Regional Public Health Department and program planning unit, Wiichihiituwin (formerly Cree Patient Services, CPS) liaison offices in Chibougamau, Val-d’Or and Montreal, and a recruitment office in Montreal. The Head Office is in Chisasibi.
The CBHSSJB is governed by an elected Board of Directors and Chairperson. Advisory Committees and Councils report directly to the Office of the Chair, as do the Service Quality and Complaints Commissioner and the Medical Examiner. The Executive Director oversees day-to-day operations.
Individuals, families and communities strive to achieve Miyupimaatisiiun reflective of Nishiiyuu.