Tabling of the cultural safety bill

QUÉBEC CITY, QC, June 9, 2023  – Minister Responsible for Relations with the First Nations and the Inuit Ian Lafrenière has tabled in the National Assembly a draft legislation to adopt the cultural safety approach in the health and social services network (HSSN).

Bilateral consultation meetings with 14 Indigenous organizations that expressed their expectations and needs in the realm of cultural safety in the health and social services sector preceded the legislation’s drafting.

The Québec government thus intends to offer legislative recognition of the cultural safety approach and ensure the adoption by the public establishments in the HSSN of services geared to the cultural and historical realities of the members of the First Nations and the Inuit.

Moreover, the bill proposes an amendment to the Professional Code to enable Indigenous stakeholders who are not members of a professional order to perform in the Indigenous communities certain reserved professional activities related to youth protection services under certain conditions while ensuring the protection of the public. The objective is to promote the culturally safe nature of the services offered in the Indigenous communities while meeting challenges stemming from labour shortages.

“Cultural safety for the First Nations and the Inuit quickly became a priority when I took office. It hinges on the principle of social justice and reflects an equal-to-equal dynamic. Given the approach’s importance for the Indigenous peoples, which was included among the demands stemming from Joyce’s Principle, the government is demonstrating that it acknowledges its importance. It is my hope that we are starting today to build a relationship of trust between the First Nations, the Inuit, and the health and social services network throughout Québec.”

Ian Lafrenière, Minister Responsible for Relations with the First Nations and the Inuit

“By adapting care and services to Indigenous realities, our government is contributing to enhancing access to the services that health and social services institutions provide. The tabling of this bill follows on the investments announced by our government in the realm of cultural safety, since it is essential to provide the means to ensure that the First Nations and the Inuit benefit from equitable, discrimination-free services. We are acting accordingly today.”

Christian Dubé, Minister of Health

“I am delighted by the efforts of all the partners involved to reach an agreement for the benefit of the communities affected. It is crucial that, as legislators, we can adapt our legislation and regulations to Indigenous realities. I am indeed proud of the collaboration between all the orders concerned, which have clearly displayed receptiveness to find solutions that are better matched to the communities’ specific needs.”

Sonia Lebel, Chair of the Conseil du trésor


  • This bill responds to Calls for Action No. 74, No. 75, and No. 106 of the Inquiry Commission on Relations Between Indigenous Peoples and Certain Public Services in Québec: Listening, Reconciliation and Progress:
    • No. 74: “Amend the Act respecting health services and social services and the Act respecting health services and social services for Cree Native persons to enshrine the concept of cultural
      safeguards in it, in cooperation with Indigenous authorities.”
    • No. 75: “Encourage the health and social services network institutions to set up services and programs based on cultural safeguard principles developed for Indigenous peoples and in
      cooperation with them.”
    • No. 106: “Rapidly implement the recommendations of the Comité sur l’application du PL-21 in First Nations communities and Inuit villages.”
  • It also responds to other commissions of inquiry, including the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (NIMMIWG) and the Special Commission on the Rights of the Child and Youth Protection (the Laurent Commission).
  • The government has announced major investments to support cultural safety in the health network:
    • $15 million over five years to support the implementation of cultural safety in the health network;
    • $27.4 million over four years to enhance access to culturally reassuring frontline services for Indigenous populations in urban environments.
  • At the present time, the hiring of 19 liaison officers is under way in the health network, and 17 FTEs for service navigators.
  • To date, 90% of staff in the health network has received training in cultural safety.

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For further information: Source: Magalie Lapointe, Press Officer, Office of the Minister Responsible for Relations with the First Nations and the Inuit, Telephone: 450-502-6873; Marylène Le Houillier, Press Officer, Office of the Chair of the Conseil du trésor, Sonia LeBel,, Cellphone: 819-383-6625; Antoine de la Durantaye, Press Officer, Office of the Minister of Health, Tel: 418 558-6039; Information: Media Relations, Direction des communications, Ministère du Conseil exécutif, Telephone: 418-781-9520,


Call for Tenders Pavement Rehabilitation R-132 in Kahnawake

(Kahnawake – 9, Ohiarí:ha/June 2023) The Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke (MCK) wishes to inform the community that the Ministère des Transports du Quebec has published a Call for Tenders, open to Kahnawà:ke Contractors only, for pavement rehabilitation, marking, traffic flow maintenance and related works on Route 132 in Kahnawà:ke.

The estimated contract amount is between $5,000,000 and $9,999,999.99.

The deadline to submit a bid is Monday, June 26, 2023, at 2pm.

Only bids submitted by contractors whose residence or principal place of business is located in the territory of Kahnawà:ke and owning a written confirmation issued to this effect by the MCK and signed by an authorized representative will be considered.

All submissions must be made via the Système Electronique d′Appels d′Offres (SEAO) – the electronic system used by the Québec government.

For details on this Call for Tenders, please click here.

For further information, please contact Kahnawake Labor Office.

The “Applicable agreement(s)” section, noticeable in the available summary in SEAO, is exclusively intended to indicate which intergovernmental agreements on liberalization of public procurement may apply. In the present case, none of these agreements applies to this call for tenders.

The present contract is governed by the provisions of the Labor Agreement between the Government of Québec and the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake and by Kahnawake’s Fair Wage Agreement.

The MCK is not part of the awarding process of the contract.

Media Inquiries:

David S. Lahache
Political Press Attaché
450- 632-7500 ext. 50289


Forest fires – Amendment to the Territory on which Access to the Forest in Lands in the Domain of the State is Prohibited and on which Roads are Closed

QUÉBEC, June 9, 2023 – The ministère des Ressources naturelles et des Forêts (MRNF) has decided to amend the prohibition on forest access to lands in the domain of the State and road closures announced on June 4, 2023. This decision was made in conjunction with the ministère de la Sécurité publique (MSP) and the Société de protection des forêts contre le feu (SOPFEU) considering:

  • That flammability indexes are low in several areas of Québec due to recent weather conditions;
  • That fires in areas where traffic is now permitted in forests in the domain of the State are contained or controlled;
  • The increase in the number of personnel and tankers dedicated to fighting forest fires;
  • That there is still a prohibition on open fires throughout Québec and a restriction on forest work in certain areas at risk.

This amendment takes effect on June 9, 2023, at 9:00 a.m.

Here is the map of the affected territory (in French only). The amendments made to the measure mainly target the Côte-Nord and Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean regions.

The measure regarding the prohibition of access to a forest in lands in the domain of the State and road closures now applies to the following areas:

NORD-DU-QUÉBEC: Jamésie (991), Eeyou Istchee (Waswanipi, Mistissini, Oujé-Bougoumou, Chisasibi, Eastmain, Nemiscau, Waskaganish, Wemindji) (993).

CÔTE-NORD: La Haute-Côte-Nord (95) for its portion north of latitude 49° 15′ and its portion west of longitude 69° 33′, Manicouagan (96) for its portion bounded by the following cardinal points:

68° 56′ W 49° 28′ N
68° 56′ W 49° 47′ N
68° 25′ W 49° 47′ N
68° 25′ W 49° 28′ N

SAGUENAY–LAC-SAINT-JEAN : Le Domaine-du-Roy (91), Maria-Chapdelaine (92), Le Fjord-du-Saguenay (942) north of latitude 49° 15′.

ABITIBI-TÉMISCAMINGUE: Témiscamingue (85), Rouyn-Noranda (86), Abitibi-Ouest (87), Abitibi (88), La Vallée-de-l’Or (89).

MAURICIE: Mékinac (35) and La Tuque (90) in their entirety, Shawinigan (36) and Maskinongé (51) for their portion north of latitude 46° 45′,

OUTAOUAIS : La Vallée-de-la-Gatineau (83) for its portion north of latitude 46° 45′, Pontiac (84) for its portion north of latitude 46° 15′.

LAURENTIDES : Antoine-Labelle (79) for its portion north of latitude 46° 45′.

LANAUDIÈRE :  Matawinie (62) for its portion north of latitude 46° 45′.

The MRNF would like to remind the public that the flammability indexes are still extreme in some areas of Québec. Although flammability indexes have decreased in some other areas of the prohibited territory, compliance with this measure is important to avoid interference with response operations and exposure to still-active fires.

Great caution is therefore still needed throughout the province’s forest territory to avoid new ignition. The collaboration of all forest land users is essential to enable the SOPFEU, the MRNF and the MSP to continue their work to protect our forests and ensure public safety.

For information on the closed territory, please visit the Gouvernement du Québec’s Forest Fires webpage, the SOPFEU website, the Forêt ouverte interactive map or contact Services Québec toll-free at 1-877-644-4545.

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Government of Canada invests to protect species at risk in the Greater Montréal area

From: Environment and Climate Change Canada

June 9, 2023

The world is facing an unprecedented biodiversity crisis. Canada is no exception. Species essential to the health and well-being of Canadians and to the economy are declining. It is essential to protect them as well as their habitats. Collaboration with the provinces, territories, Indigenous peoples and other partners is the key to reversing the situation and restoring Canada’s biodiversity.

Today, to conclude Environment Week, the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, accompanied by Yves Robillard, Member of Parliament for Marc-Aurèle-Fortin, announced $400,000 in funding for a four-year project led by Éco-Nature in the Greater Montréal area. This project aims to protect and restore the habitats needed by a dozen species at risk, including the Snapping Turtle, Least Bittern and American Water-willow.

The project, which also aims to mitigate the threats affecting species and their habitats, will take place on diversified, interconnected sites close to the Parc de la Rivière-des-Mille-Îles. It also includes awareness-raising activities aimed at encouraging the adoption of practices that benefit habitats and species.

The Government of Canada is firmly committed to taking concrete action to protect biodiversity and contribute to the global goals set at COP15. By adopting the Kunming-Montréal Global Biodiversity Framework, our country is striving to preserve nature on a global scale, halt and reverse biodiversity loss by 2030, and put natural environments on the road to recovery by 2050.

This Canadian Environment Week is a reminder to make a collective effort to reduce plastic waste and beat plastic pollution. The Government of Canada is making significant contributions to achieve a zero plastic waste future, including taking action across the lifecycle of plastics to prevent plastic pollution and improve how plastics are managed at end-of-life. Canada will bring the world together for the 4th Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on Plastic Pollution, in Ottawa in April 2024.

It is also an important time to recognize the significant contributions of Indigenous Peoples as crucial collaborators in fighting pollution, preserving biodiversity and tackling the climate crisis as the Government of Canada celebrates Indigenous History Month.


“The Government of Canada is committed to halting and reversing the loss of nature by 2030, and to achieving full recovery for nature by 2050. This is why we support initiatives to protect species at risk across the country. Nature plays an essential role in our lives, and the Éco-Nature project will help protect and restore urban habitats. The benefits will be significant not only for the flora and fauna, but also for the community.”

– The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

“We welcome the renewal of this partnership, which once again underlines Éco-Nature’s leading role in protecting local biodiversity. This new investment will enable us to forge even closer ties with the community, which is already mobilized for the cause. Our team will also be able to pursue its mission to help various species groups in the region, such as amphibians, reptiles, fish and birds.”

– Christine Métayer, Executive Director, Éco-Nature | Parc de la Rivière-des-Mille-Îles

“As the Member of Parliament for Marc-Aurèle-Fortin, I’m delighted to see this investment by the Government of Canada in the protection of species at risk in Quebec. This funding demonstrates our local commitment to preserving our precious biodiversity. The Éco-Nature project will strengthen our ties with the community, which is already mobilized for the cause. By working together, we can preserve our urban habitats and ensure the survival of the various species of amphibians, reptiles, fish and birds that are so important to our region.”

– Yves Robillard, Member of Parliament for Marc-Aurèle-Fortin, Quebec

“The Rivière-des-Mille-Îles is a jewel that we absolutely must protect. Today’s announcement is another wonderful demonstration of this. It will enable us to respect, observe and visit a true oasis of biodiversity, home to two-thirds of vertebrate fauna, right next to Quebec’s urban centre. This is an incredible opportunity that we must continue to cherish, both for ourselves and for future generations. Naturally, I must thank Minister Steven Guilbeault and the Government of Canada for their financial support, as well as all the passionate people at Éco-Nature for their dedication and tireless work.”

– Stéphane Boyer, Mayor of Laval

“I’m delighted with the support granted to Éco-Nature, an essential organization in the region. The natural environments of the Rivière-des-Mille-Îles generate essential ecosystem services, and by protecting these ecosystems, we will protect the quality of life of the local communities living near the river. In Rosemère, protecting the environment is part of our DNA, and we are proud to have supported Éco-Nature’s mission for over 20 years.”

– Eric Westram, Mayor of Rosemère and Warden of the Thérèse-De Blainville RCM

Quick facts

  • Funding for this project comes from the Canada Nature Fund’s Priority Places for Species at Risk program. This program supports multi-partner initiatives in priority places where there are opportunities to protect and recover species at risk and their habitats through multi-species and ecosystem-based conservation measures.
  • This investment is in addition to the $218,000 granted to Éco-Nature between 2019 and 2022 for the first phase of this project.
  • The Parc de la Rivière-des-Mille-Îles is the largest protected wildlife area project in the Greater Montréal area. It is home to two-thirds of Quebec’s vertebrate fauna, and 86 species at risk have been observed there.

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Kaitlin Power
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Media Relations
Environment and Climate Change Canada
819 938-3338 or 1 844 836-7799 (toll-free)


Quebec Indigenous relations minister tables bill to introduce cultural safety in healthcare – CTV

June 9, 2023

Staff in the health-care network will now be obliged to take account of the Indigenous peoples’ cultural and historical realities in any interaction with them.

On Friday, the Minister responsible for Relations with First Nations and Inuit, Ian Lafrenière, introduced Bill 32, “establishing the cultural safety approach within the health and social services network.”

Under the bill, all establishments in the health and social services network will be required to adopt a cultural safety approach towards Indigenous people.

“This approach involves taking account of their cultural and historical realities in all interactions with them,” it explains.

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NioBay Announces Election of Directors

MONTREAL, June 09, 2023 — NioBay Metals Inc. (“NioBay” or the “Company”) (TSX-V: NBY) (OTCQB: NBYCF) is pleased to announce the results of its annual general meeting (“AGM”) of shareholders held on June 8, 2023.

Shareholders holding a total of 25,094,844 common shares of the Company attended the AGM in person or were represented by proxy, representing over 35% of the 70,301,524 common shares issued and outstanding.

Jean-Sébastien David, Dawn Madahbee Leach, Raymond Legault, Mathieu Savard and Serge Savard were re-elected to NioBay’s board of directors (the “Board”). The shareholders also re-appointed PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP as auditors for the ensuing financial year and re-approved the Company’s rolling stock option plan.

Following the AGM, the Board decided not to grant any options in view of the poor performance of NioBay’s share price. Instead, the Human Resource Committee of the Board has approved a list of objectives for 2023, for which stock options may be granted where appropriate.

About NioBay Metals Inc.

NioBay will be a leader in the Environment, Social, Governance and Indigenous inclusion supporting the development of smart mine(s) with low carbon consumption and responsible water and wildlife management practices. Critical to our success will be the consent and full participation of the Indigenous communities in whose territories we operate.

The Company holds, in addition to others, a 100% interest in the James Bay Niobium Project located 45 km south of Moosonee, in the Moose Cree Traditional Territory of the James Bay Lowlands in Ontario. NioBay also holds a 72.5% interest in the Crevier Niobium and Tantalum project located in Quebec and on the Nitassinan territory of the Pekuakamiulnuatsh First Nation.

About Niobium

Niobium is a naturally occurring element. It is a readily available, reliable, soft metal that is ductile, malleable and highly resistant to corrosion. Because it enhances properties and functionalities, niobium is used in a wide range of materials and applications in the Mobility, Structural and Energy sectors. Niobium transforms materials. When added to materials like steel, glass and aluminum castings, niobium makes them smarter and lower environmental impacts, while also delivering other benefits like better performance, improved safety and increased value.


NioBay Metals Inc.
Jean-Sebastien David, geo.
President & CEO
Tel.: 514 866-6500


Parks Canada and Tourisme Haut-Richelieu are jointly celebrating the reopening of Fort Lennox National Historic Site and the beginning of the tourist season

From: Parks Canada

The Government of Canada invested over $14 million to restore and enhance this site and renew the visitor experience.

June 8, 2023

The network of historic sites and protected areas administered by Parks Canada is a gateway to nature, history, and 450 000 km² of stories from coast to coast to coast.

Today, Parks Canada celebrated the reopening of Fort Lennox National Historic Site. Over the past five years, Parks Canada has worked to restore and enhance the site, especially the soldiers’ barracks, which is the iconic building at the heart of the fortification, and to renew the visitor experience. Starting this summer, the public will be able to discover the new exhibition Passages, experiences of this island.

This restoration project was made possible thanks to over $14 million in funding from the Federal Infrastructure Investment Program. Parks Canada would like to acknowledge the collaboration of the community, especially the regional tourism stakeholders, including Tourisme Haut-Richelieu, throughout the work.

Through this investment, Parks Canada is helping to conserve the heritage value of these important cultural resources, ensuring high quality, meaningful visitor experiences and contributing to Canada’s world-class tourism offering.

Investments at Fort Lennox National Historic Site is reflected in a number of initiatives aimed at ensuring the condition of the facilities and enriching the experience offered to visitors today and for generations to come. The most important work was carried out on the soldiers’ barracks, the emblematic building of Fort Lennox. Major masonry work on its foundations and exterior walls has been carried out in recent years. Deployed in a completely renewed space on the first floor, the magnificent new thematic exhibition Passages, experiences of this island tells the great story of the little Île aux Noix.

Other essential maintenance and restoration work on some of the adjoining infrastructures has been done on the site to ensure public safety.

Such investments help sustain the health of natural and built heritage, and create jobs in local communities, while offering visitors high-quality, safe and meaningful experiences across the country. Parks Canada is working with its tourism partners to ensure the return of this heritage treasure to the heart of the regional cultural and museological landscape.


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“With this project, we not only succeeded in restoring Fort Lennox, but we have also improved the experience offered to visitors. By working with the community and tourism partners, we are also showcasing the historical value of the Montérégie, which will promote the region and bring economic opportunities for local businesses.”

The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez
Minister of Canadian Heritage

“It is with great pride that we celebrate the reopening of this tourist treasure, Fort Lennox. Heritage presentation is a priority for Tourisme Haut-Richelieu, and we are delighted to invite visitors to come and rediscover this enchanting site, with its renewed experience, a real asset for the municipality of Saint-Paul-de-l’Ile-aux-Noix and the entire region. Thousands of visitors are expected this summer, who will be able to take advantage of their visit to Fort Lennox to enjoy a microadventure on the banks of the Richelieu River, and thus contribute to the economic development of our region.”

Isabelle Charlebois
Executive Director, Tourisme Haut-Richelieu

Quick facts

  • Parks Canada’s role is to protect representative examples of Canada’s natural and cultural heritage, and to share its history, including the cultures, stories and contributions of Indigenous peoples.
  • Parks Canada’s wide-ranging infrastructure portfolio includes more than 18,500 built assets. Since 2015, the Federal Infrastructure Investment Program has enabled Parks Canada to improve the condition of approximately 5,000 assets across the country.
  • Fort Lennox is a British fortification whose historic buildings were built between 1819 and 1829. There are no bridges or roads leading to it. It can only be reached by boat.
  • The new exhibition Passages, experiences of this island will present the human history of this unique place and unlock the secrets of the imposing building that is Fort Lennox Barracks. Visitors will also be introduced to the daily life of the service families and the life of the women in the garrison, and many of the artifacts recovered will tell the story of the soldiers who lived on the island.
  • This must-see family getaway provides a half-day (or more!) of discoveries on an island where nature and culture meet in an exceptional setting. Fort Lennox’s 2023 operating season is as follows:
    • June 17 and 18 | Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • June 23 to September 4 | Daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • September 8 to October 9 | Friday, Saturday, Sunday and public holidays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Kaitlin Power
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Media Relations
Parks Canada


Government of Canada outlines proposed directions for the Online Streaming Act to set the stage for equitable, flexible and adaptable regulation

From: Canadian Heritage

June 8, 2023

The Government of Canada announced proposed directions that will guide the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) during its implementation of the Online Streaming Act.

The Online Streaming Act will help highlight Canadian stories and music on streaming platforms and will reinvest in future generations of artists and creators in Canada.

The CRTC is being asked to:

·        support Canadian creators and creative industries;

·        advance Indigenous storytelling;

·        increase representation of Black, racialized and other equity-deserving communities;

·        ensure regulations are fair and flexible;

·        redefine Canadian programs to reflect today’s industry and how Canadian stories are told; and

·        exclude social media creators’ content from regulation.

The proposed policy directions will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part I for public consultation on Saturday, June 10, 2023. The government welcomes the participation of creators, businesses, civil society and all Canadians. Following the public consultation, the final policy directions will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part II. Once finalized, the CRTC will be bound by the policy directions.

In order to provide more clarity and predictability, the CRTC recently published details on how it will consult on the implementation of the Online Streaming Act. Information about how to participate is available on the CRTC website.


“We’ve said it from the start: If you benefit from the system, you should contribute to it. With the Online Streaming Act, we’re acting to support our creators, our artists, our independent producers and our culture so that they thrive in the digital age. Canadians deserve to see themselves in what they watch and listen to, and this legislation is an essential step forward in ensuring that our cultural industry and our talent shine.”

—Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage

Quick facts

  • The CRTC is the independent public authority responsible for regulating and supervising Canada’s broadcasting system.
  • The government can provide directions to the CRTC on policy matters of broad application. The proposed policy directions give binding, high-level instructions to the CRTC as it implements the Online Streaming Act.
  • The Online Streaming Act received Royal Assent on April 27, 2023.
  • The last major reform of the Broadcasting Act was in 1991, before dial-up internet access was widely available in Canada.
  • The Online Streaming Act is one of three projects that are a key part of the government’s digital agenda:·        Online Streaming Act (Bill C-11): Highlights Canadian stories and music;·        Online News Act (Bill C-18): Would require large digital platforms to bargain fairly with news businesses over news content; and

    Online Safety: Would promote a safer and more inclusive online space.

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For more information (media only), please contact:

Laura Scaffidi
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage

Media Relations
Canadian Heritage


Sky-Deer attending Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Conference

For immediate release
(Kahnawake – 7, Ohiarí:ha/June 2023) The Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke wishes to inform the community that Ohén:ton Í:iente ne Ratitsénhaienhs (Grand Chief) Kahsennenhawe Sky- Deer is attending the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative 2023 Annual General Meeting in Chicago, Illinois.

The Grand Chief addressed all of the mayors and municipal representatives attending the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative AGM 2023 titled Climate Action: Perfecting Your City’s Plan this morning and will be participating in the various discussions and workshops.

“In the months to come, I will be reaching out to our Sister Communities and other First Nations and Tribes through my involvement at the Jay Treaty Border Alliance and other forums in an effort to expand Onkwehón:we representation in this Alliance,” said Ohén:ton Í:iente ne Ratitsénhaienhs Kahsennenhawe Sky-Deer.

The International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives brings together and serves over one thousand communities from the United States and Canada. The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative will be holding its 2024 Annual General Assembly in Montreal.

Sky-Deer will be in attendance today (Wednesday) and Thursday.


Media Inquiries:
David Lahache
Political Public
Information Officer
450- 632-7500 ext. 50289

Mohawk Council
of Kahnawà:ke
Kahnawà:ke Mohawk
P.O. Box 720
J0L 1B0
Tel: (450) 632-7500
Fax: (450) 638-5958


Evacuations and anxiety as wildfires rage near Cree communities in Quebec – CBC

Jun 07, 2023

Oujé-Bougoumou evacuates, Waswanipi getting out vulnerable people, Mistissini says situation is stable

From thick smoke to a complete evacuation, several Cree communities in northern Quebec are dealing with impacts of the wildfires raging in the region.

On Tuesday night, the small inland community of Oujé-Bougoumou, located about 750 kilometres north of Montreal, was completely evacuated. The community has about 800 residents.

“The fire has breached the barrier and the fire is coming quicker than expected,” said Chief Curtis Bosum, in a video on social media Tuesday evening.

Reached Wenesday morning, Lance Cooper, the community’s deputy chief, said the fire was 17 kilometres away from Oujé-Bougoumou and moving quickly.

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