Considered an empty and inhospitable wilderness by early explorers, the James Bay region of northern Quebec is mother to the Cree, a sacred place of beauty and bounty. Never needing to call one place home, they moved with the seasons and animals across a territory of more than 350,000 square kilometers. Gradually over time, the Cree were reduced to the margins and, in the aftermath, one group was left homeless.
Formal recognition of the Oujé-Bougoumou was not high on the political agenda of the newly elected Bourassa Government. To be taken seriously they needed to form their own village, elect a chief and a counsel then build permanent structures. At last, their initiatives won them recognition but there were logistical, economic, and social challenges to be faced. They are now and for all time, truly home.