Welcome to Oujé-Bougoumou
The "Place Where People Gather"
Our elders chose this site on the shore of beautiful Lake Opemiska as the place where we would build our future. And since 1992, we have been doing just that. We live in harmony with nature, respect and preserve our land, and care for our families and friends in a balanced lifestyle of traditional and contemporary culture.
GET TO KNOW US
Message from Chief Curtis Bosum
Welcome to the Oujé-Bougoumou Cree Nation (OBCN)
Oujé-Bougoumou is a First Nation community affiliated with the Cree Nation of Eeyou Istchee located in northern Quebec.
We are the most recent First Nation to become incorporated into the Cree Nation of Eeyou Istchee, and incorporated also into the Cree Nation’s Treaty, the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement. The Ouje-Bougoumou Cree Nation fought a heroic struggle to overcome dispossession, forced relocations and marginalization in our traditional lands. We fought against those forces that wanted to ensure we would not be in the way of resource development. Through inspired leadership and community unity we won the right to have a permanent home, we won recognition of our rights within our traditional homeland and and we created an internationally-acclaimed village built in accordance with our traditional Cree understanding of sustainable development.
In that same spirit, we are now entering the next phase of our development with a new generation of leaders and a renewed commitment to build on our ancient traditions and values while providing for our people in a modern economy.
We hope that you will enjoy your virtual visit with us, and we hope also, that you will be interested enough in what you learn that you will want to visit us in person.
The Cree community of Oujé-Bougoumou in Quebec’s northern region of Eeyou Istchee Baie-James invites you to discover the Cree’s ancient culture at its world-class museum and explore the community itself, whose unique development has been recognized by the United Nations. Book an all inclusive fishing package or immerse yourself in Cree culture. In Oujé-Bougoumou there is so much to see, so much to do and so much to experience. For more information about the many tourism packages available to visitors, please visit our Tourism Website.
about Eeyou Istchee
Covering more than 350 square kilometres in the province of Quebec, Eeyou Istchee (“the people’s land”) stands apart from other travel destinations thanks to its beauty, varied land and waterscapes, and range of year-round activities.
Eeyou Istchee is boreal forests, coasts, crystal clear freshwater lakes, tundra, taiga, unspoiled wilderness, and magical Northern Lights. From time immemorial, we the Cree have lived on this land, where we have developed a distinctive culture, traditions, heritage, and history.
There are nine Cree communities in Eeyou Istchee. Five are along the coast: Waskaganish, Eastmain, Wemindji, Chisasibi, and Whapmagoostui; and four are inland: Nemaska, Waswanipi, Oujé-Bougoumou and Mistissini. Eeyou Istchee is easily accessible by the James Bay Highway, or by air. The road serves all Cree communities with the exception of Whapmagoostui, which is located at the ancestral limits of the Cree and Inuit lands and is accessible only by air.