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April 20 update

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April 20 update from Vice-Chair Christine Petawabano on JBCCS
April 20, 2021

The Health Board and Cree leadership encourage everyone to keep up with precautionary measures as the Cree Nation prepares for Goose Break. 


The Cree Health Board and Board of Directors shares its deepest condolences to the families and friends of community members who have passed in recent days. Our sympathies and condolences to those who are mourning.  

COVID-19 Update  

As we see, Quebec and Ontario are in the 3rd wave of the pandemic caused by a surge of cases of the variant.  These new cases of the variant affect younger people, and they are getting sicker.  

The Cree Nation has not reported any cases of the variant in Eeyou Istchee. Our communities enjoy the freedom and benefits of gathering and visiting family. We must continue to protect our communities as we move forward with our seasonal activities.  

The Health Board and Cree leadership encourage everyone to keep up with precautionary measures as the Cree Nation prepares for Goose Break.  


Vaccination protects each person who decides to do it, and it protects people around you. Our young people and children can’t get vaccinated. When we as adults get vaccinated, we help protect our youth.  

The Cree Health Board encourages everyone to get the first and second dose of the Moderna vaccine. The vaccine is still available in each community.  

So far in Eeyou Istchee: 

  • 10,551 people have received the 1st dose 

  • 6,721 people have received the 2nd dose 

We hope to see as many people as possible vaccinated before going on Goose Break.  

If people can’t get their 2nd dose before Goose Break, they will be able to receive it when they return to their community later this spring.  

Visit the Cree Health website for details about vaccination in your community. 

Out-of-Region vaccination

Cree beneficiaries outside of Eeyou Ischee who want to get vaccinated can still make arrangements. 

Please note that this process may now take longer because mass vaccination campaigns are underway in the south. People are encouraged to consider waiting until they return to Eeyou Istchee this spring to receive the vaccine.  

Wiichihiituwin clients and escorts in Montreal are being vaccinated. Wiichihiituwin will contact these people about how this is being done. 

Cree Health Board employees in the south should talk to their supervisor or human resources for details about how they can get vaccinated.  


Inter-community travel in Eeyou Istchee is allowed to visit family, and for essential reasons. People are required to share information when they pass through community gates.  

This information is useful in case there’s an outbreak, and we have to do contact tracing. We appreciate people’s cooperation with this measure. 

Travel Outside Eeyou Istchee

People can travel to the following regions without having to isolate when they come home: 

  • Region 10 (Chibougamau, Chapais, Lebel sur Quevillon, Matagami, Radisson)  

  • Region 17 (Nunavik)  

There may be other measures in place in your community. Check with your PSO to be informed. 

All other regions in Quebec, and Ontario are considered Areas of Risk. People who travel from these regions will have to self-isolate for 14 days when they return to Eeyou Istchee.  

Ontario is now in a 6-week lockdown with restrictions on travel to and from the province.  

People who are currently in Ontario can return home to Quebec. But travel back and forth is limited to essential services.  


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