Cree Nation in Quebec signs agreement with province that will see culturally safe hospital built

The Cree Nation in Quebec has signed an agreement with the province to fund construction of a state of the art, 52 bed hospital in Chisasibi, near the James Bay coast.

The $300 million agreement will also provide health services including surgery, something that is taken for granted in the south.

“The new facility will be the first regional health centre in Eeyou Itschee,” said Abel Bosum, grand chief of the Grand Council of the Crees.

“Located in Chisasibi, it will serve all Cree communities, providing access to specialized services that it has been impossible to provide before.”

Construction of the hospital will also cover dialysis services, oncology, CT scans, mental health services, sleep labs and a gynecology clinic.

The latter is an answer to a decades long concern about women giving birth far from home.

The hospital is scheduled to be completed in 2025.

Reporter / Montreal

Lindsay was born and raised on the unceded territory of Tiohtià:ke (Montréal), and joined APTN News as a Quebec correspondent in 2019. While in university, she collaborated on a multiplatform project about the revitalization of the Kanien’kéha (Mohawk) language to commemorate the International Year of Indigenous Languages. Before APTN Lindsay worked at the Eastern Door, CTV Montreal and the Montreal Gazette.