T’it’q’et First Nation

Cree Nation of Wemindji

Wemindji, from wiimin uchii, meaning “red ochre mountain” in Cree is a First Nation formerly known as Old Factory. It was first established on the little island of Paakumshumwashtikw in 1951, 25 km south of where the community sits today. In 1958 the community was relocated from its original location to the mouth of the Maquatua River on the east coast of James Bay, in northern Quebec. This community is located 1,400 km north of Montreal.

The Cree Nation of Wemindji has exceptional infrastructure, and facilities to meet the needs of the Youth, the Elders, others with special needs, and the animals that share the land with the community. As the Cree Nation of Wemindji continues to develop, build and expand the community, they are careful to reflect their past, present and future generations. The Cree Nation of Wemindji sets aside designated land that helps promote a healthy lifestyle, including spiritual, cultural, social, mental and physical well-being.

The Cree Nation of Wemindji has 376 homes with a population of approximately 1,300 living in the community. The Cree Nation of Wemindji presently has an additional 20 Rent-to-Own homes under construction, which are 95 % complete. The members are planning to take possession of their new homes in June, 2013. The Cree Nation of Wemindji is building homes today to meet the needs of future generations.

“The First Nations Market Housing Fund has provided us the opportunity to tap into capacity development dollars to further improve the services we provide our community members. It also gives our homeowners reduced interest rates to save on mortgage costs. The Cree Nation of Wemindji is looking forward to working with the Fund on our future housing endeavours.”
— Chief Rodney Mark (May 2013)

Contact Information:

Clarence Miniquaken
Director of Housing
Cree Nation of Wemindji
21 Hilltop Drive
P.O. Box 60
Wemindji, Quebec
J0M 1L0
Ph.: 819-978-0264 ext. 215
Fax: 819-978-0258
Email: housingdirector@wemindji.ca
Website: http://www.wemindji.ca