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March 24 update

March 24, 2021

In this update: vaccination, out-of-region vaccination, regional update, travel between communities, deconfinement phases.


Vaccination Update

More than 10,000 people in Eeyou Istchee have been vaccinated since January. The Cree Health Board is proud of the efforts in each community to achieve these results.

CMC and Public Health staff are working hard to prepare for the 2nd dose campaign. Eeyou Istchee will begin to administer 2nd doses starting the week of March 29. People can still get their 1st dose of the vaccine.

Getting vaccinated is one layer of protection against COVID-19. It is important to continue with other precautionary measures. They also help protect you, and your family. All of our efforts together help protect our communities and Eeyou Istchee from COVID-19.

Out-of-Region vaccination

Cree beneficiaries outside of Eeyou Ischee who want to get vaccinated before they return to their community can do that before March 31.

The Re-Entry Vaccination Program is for Post-Secondary Students, Crees in Southern Quebec, and Wiichihiituwin long-term patients and escorts at Espresso.

Regional Update

The number of cases of COVID-19 in our neighbour regions are still going up. The Innu of Mashteuiatsh are now facing a major outbreak of infections in their community. The Cree Nation shares its thoughts and prayers with them.

In the Saguenay Lac St-Jean (Region 2) and Abitibi-Temiscamingue (Region 8), the number of cases is rising. This is related in part to more cases of the virus variants.

As we are learning, variants of the coronavirus act differently. They are more contagious, and spread more easily. In Eeyou Istchee, we have worked hard to keep variants out of our communities. We must keep up our efforts together to move with caution, gather safely, and continue respecting precautionary measures.

Travel between communities

Travel between all communities in Eeyou Istchee to visit family is now allowed. People will not be required to isolate if they visit family in another community. There are protocols in place in each community when people enter. You will be asked to share some information, including your name and phone number. This is done to protect your family and the community you are visiting.

Deconfinement Phases

All communities are now in Phase 4 of Deconfinement. In Phase 4:

  • Outdoor gatherings with up to 150 people are allowed

  • Indoor gatherings with up to 50 people are allowed

  • Offices and businesses are open with precautionary measures

Continue to respect COVID-19 precautionary measures:

  • Practice physical distancing when you’re around people who don’t live with you

  • Wear a mask when you’re inside

  • Wash your hands frequently

The Cree Health Board would also like to remind people that if they are vaccinated, they still are subject to the Mandatory Self-Isolation Law if they travel to an Area of Risk.

We all look forward to the time when this precaution is no longer needed. But it is still necessary for the time being.

Travel Outside Eeyou Istchee

Cree Leadership, with the advice of Public Health, will review travel restrictions to Saguenay and Abitibi after Goose Break. This is because of the current risks presented by the variants of COVID-19.

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

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

  • Region 17 (Nunavik)


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

There are curfews in place in orange zones and in Montreal, which remains a Red Zone. If people travel outside Eeyou Istchee they should check rules at their destination.


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