Our Elders in Mistissini
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Late Billy Blacksmith
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.
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.
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
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:
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.
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.
187 Main Street, Mistissini, Eeyou Istchee, G0W1C0
Monday – Thursday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm,
Friday: 8:30am – 3:00pm