By Richard F. Salisbury
A place of birth for the Cree is a useful examine of the way the 1st James Bay undertaking was once negotiated among the Cree and the Quebec executive. Richard Salisbury follows the negotiations which all started in 1971 and analyses the adjustments to Cree society over a ten-year interval in mild of the local improvement in James Bay.
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Extra resources for A homeland for the Cree: Regional development in James Bay, 1971-1981
Supplies and people might be flown in to the winter camp by light aircraft charter if the distance was considerable, though as we will see the cash costs of such chartering had already caused problems. The winter outfitting costs of a family might approximate $1,000. The timing of departure from the village to winter hunting territory varied between coastal and inland areas. Inland it was better to travel before freeze-up, to construct a winter house, and to secure immediately a reserve supply of meat.
There was also one well-educated former chief located in Val d'Or as an adviser to the District Office. These regional chiefs, and the district adviser (with other chiefs and councillors) will play important roles in our future narrative, and it would be invidious not to name them - Smally Petawabano of Mistassini, Billy Diamond of Rupert's House, John Mark of Wemindji, and Robert Kanatewat of Fort George. The other area of Indian political development in Canada during the late 1960s was the formation, with subsidy from DINA, of provincial Indian Associations.
Many boarded with private families, who received an allowance to cover their costs. For many who were unable to hunt during the winter, boarding children from other settlements was an important source of income. In the case of the health services, nursing stations in villages and a newly opened provincial hospital in Fort George provided medical care through white professional personnel. But again to maintain 27 Village-band Society in 1971 the buildings local janitorial staff was used, and in the hospital the kitchens and the nursing orderly positions absorbed a number of local people, especially women.