Welcome to “wiimin uchi,” home of the “IyIyuuch”
In Cree, “Wemindji” or “wiimin uchi” means “red ochre mountain.” The Crees inhabiting this remote oasis refer to themselves as “IyIyuuch,” or in English, “the people.” Wemindji is home to the James Bay Cree Nation, and we love to invite visitors into our world. In this land of caribou and northern lights, you will immerse yourself in Cree culture and the unique experiences that only Northern Quebec can provide. All of our guests come away from Wemindji with more knowledge on our history and heritage, everything from time immemorial to first contact, from the James Bay agreement to the modern-day Eeyou Istchee.
Sitting at the mouth of the mighty Maquatua River and on the east coast of the frigid James Bay, this place we call home is one of the nine Cree communities within the James Bay region. Years ago, we originally populated Old Factory Island, an islet about 45 kilometers south of our current settlement. Since the move, Wemindji has seen incredible growth as a community, now totaling more than 1,400 people. This town is an economic leader and community development giant in the region, known for being one of the fastest growing communities in Cree history.