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Cree Nation of Oujé-Bougoumou

Pronunciation Oo-jay-Boo-guh-moo
Population 559
Location Lake Opémisca, north of town of Chapais
Other Names Chibougamau Cree, Doré Lake Cree, Lake Opemiska

These Cree originally lived in the Chibougamau area. They relocated six times between 1914 and 1989, largely due to mining activities and changes in trading post locations. Some people moved during this time to Mistissini. In 1989 after a long effort to get themselves recognized by federal and provincial governments as a distinct community, a new town was built on Lake Opémisca.


Sources: Grand Council of the Crees, Oujé-Bougoumou Cree Nation, Energy Mines and Resources Canada, The History of the Chibougamau Crees by Jacques Frenette, Hudson's Bay Company Archives, A Homeland for the Cree by Richard Salisbury

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