ᒫᒨᐊᐸᑎᓯᑖᐤ
Maamuuapatisitaau
ᒫᒧᐦᑭᐦᑖᐤ
Maamukkihtaau

Communities

Our aim is to evolve in harmony with the world around us, and particularly with the world that welcomes us. Together, we create projects that combine ancestral and contemporary knowledges, so that they are not only better and more sustainable, but also beneficial to all parties involved. This synergy, integrating ancestral knowledge with new practices, paves the way for a promising future. Together, we are working towards a future where mining development and community well-being coexist in perfect harmony.

Between the 49th and 55th parallel, Eeyou Istchee Baie-James is a vast region of boreal forest and taiga which represents nearly ⅕ of the province of Quebec. It is also the largest freshwater reserve in Quebec.

The region is made up of Eeyou Istchee, whose name means “Land of the People” in the Cree language, as well as Jamésie, which covers more than 300,000 km2. There are no less than 23 territorial reserves officially designated as protected areas by Quebec government and the Cree Nation government for the conservation of this environment, or more than 20% of the territory.

Chibougamau, located in the far southeast of the region, is the largest town in Jamésie. It has nearly 8,000 inhabitants, the majority of whom speak French. On the coast of James Bay as on that of Hudson Bay or inland, the Crees are divided into nine communities which share this immense territory and have perpetuated their way of life there for 5,000 years.

Each Eeyou First Nation has its own history. Interests, traditional values, and culture unite the Cree people. The territory of Eeyou Istchee is made up of Category IA and IB lands, reserved for the use of indigenous people by the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement and is administered by the Cree Nation government.

Projects or facilities owned by Winsome are located on the traditional territories of these 3 communities:

Mistissini (Category III): Adina, Tilly and Sirmac-Clappier
Wemindji (Category III): Cancet
Chisasibi (Category III): Cancet and Winsome Camp on the Trans-Taiga Road.

The Cree language, iiyiyuu ayimuun, is very much alive and spoken by nearly 20,000 people in Eeyou Istchee. Distinct dialects are spoken : northern and coastal communities use the northern dialect, and those located in the interior or further south use the southern dialect. The activities of the Cree Nation Government are conducted in the Cree language.

To learn more, visit the Cree Nation Government website.