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Our Elders in Mistissini

Chisheiinuu | ᒋᔐᐄᓅ

our culture, history and values

The role of Elders

Elders play a fundamental role in all parts of Cree society. Much of Cree tradition, history and our sense of identity is an oral history passed on from one generation to the next. This means that each elder is a connection to our past, so that we can continue to know and represent our legacy. 


Traditional Knowledge

Elders of our community have skills and knowledge that are connected to the land, our heritage as hunters as well as a core knowledge of the Cree language. 


Values and

Whether in consultation on development in community or on the land, elders have an understanding of the history of our land that is invaluable in guiding how we grow as a community. 


Youth Mentors

Elders have always played an important role in teaching and guiding youth in Cree society. Their teachings instill a sense of pride, that helps raise the next generation to fully participate in our community. 

“A child learned from the example of their elders. He or she did whatever their parents and grandparents did to learn the right way of living.”

The Late Billy Blacksmith 

The Elders Council

of Mistissini

Elders have a long history of being a source of guidance within the Cree Nation of Mistissini. There role has been as a source of guidance, and traditional knowledge has shaped our community in numerous ways. 

Today, Mistissini still holds to that tradition and has had an Elders Council representative participate in nearly all public assemblies, and meetings within Mistissini. 


Services and Programs

Supporting our Elders

Elders Point

Elders in our community have a number of parks and spaces that have been designated for elders. We have a park within the community that is by the lake as well as a number of locations that have been designated for elder’s Transportation is provided on the lake during the summer to access these spots. 

Snow Removal Assistance

The Cree Nation of Mistissini offers free snow removal for elderly members of our population for homes and camp access roads.

Firewood Program

All elders that are members of the Cree Nation of Mistissini are entitled to free firewood for their homes.

Transport Services

The Cree Health Board as well as the Cree Nation of Mistissini offer transport services for elders within the community. These are available for medical as well as elders with limited mobility.

Interested in Accessing a Program or Service?

The Department of Social and Cultural Development is available to provide elders assistance. Talk with us today to see what support we offer in the community


Working together to support our elders

It is our shared understanding of the value of elders that creates vital partnerships within our community. The Cree Nation of Mistissini works closely with a number of organizations to support elders: 

Cree School Board

Employs elders and cultural experts so that they may contribute to the education of our children.

Cree Trappers Association

Many elders still participate as CTA members as well as experts in traditional skills.

Cree Nation Government

Provides funding for multiple programs and initiatives that support Mistissini's elderly population. You can learn more about these programs on their website.

Cree Justice Department

Provides programs and services that protect our elderly but also offers opportunities for them to work as counsellors for correctional activities.
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Questions And Answers

The Social and Cultural Development Department of the Cree Nation of Mistissini is responsible for funding and programs that are offered at a local level. 

You can contact the Social and Cultural Department to ask what programs and assistance are available. 

  • Annie N Iserhoff              (514) 706-3347
  • Thomas Coon                  (418) 770-8367
  • Matthew Petawabano    (418) 770-7412
  • Emily S. Swallow            (418) 770-3227
  • Laurie Longchap              (418) 923-2440
  • Sydney Loon                    (581) 579-5211
  • Matthew Matoush            (418) 770-4477

The Elders Home is funded by the Cree Nation of Mistissini but has its administrative team and board. You can contact them by telephone at: (418) 923-4055.

We understand the importance of being able to visit elderly family members. Due to COVID-19, we are reducing visitation hours. We encourage you to contact us to understand health measures. 

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