Wemindji comes from the Cree word for Ochre Mountains that offers a gorgeous backdrop for the community, it is also known as Paint Hills. It is at the edge of the rugged inland of the Eeyou Istchee James Bay terrain and it sits at the mouth of the Maquatua River that is just minutes away from the James Bay. At its core are the talented and friendly people of the Cree Nation of Wemindji ready to welcome you to share their traditional stories and way of life.
It is one of the nine Cree communities of the Eeyou Istchee James Bay region with a population of approximately 1500 people. It is also known, as the fastest growing Cree community with many businesses and community services. The community relies equally on traditional hunting, fishing, trapping and helping one another, which keep us growing strong. Our culture is evident as you enter the community Cree syllabics are implemented on our stop signs and teepees are distinctive throughout the community.
Wemindji/Maquatua River leading into the James Bay
From the taiga forest that gradually blends into the boreal in the south, the tundra in the north and the James Bay and all its natural wonders are the contrasts that shapes the unique environmental and cultural diversity of our Cree way of life. The unique biodiversity and Cree Culture is enough to inspire your travel experience.
The variety of experiences in Wemindji is what makes our destination an exciting and unique place to visit. We welcome everyone to a personal discovery and experience the Cree way of life in our natural environment. We share with you the Cree knowledge of the unique biodiversity: knowledge that has been passed on for generations, and to discover the amazing natural features of the territory.