Community Development

Eenou-Eeyou Community Foundation (Cree Foundation)

Students working together on the Mik’w Chiyam “Uusdaadaouw: Let’s Build” Cree School Board project which builds sharing of artistic expression and leadership development, Nemaska, QC.

Photo: Eenou-Eeyou Community Foundation

Chisasibi, QC: students learn how to build birch bark canoes.

Photo: Eenou-Eeyou Community Foundation

Summer day camp, Wemindji, QC.

Photo: Crédit photo : Fondation communautaire Eenou-Eeyou

Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute, Oujé-Bougoumou, QC.

Photo: Crédit photo : Fondation communautaire Eenou-Eeyou

Cree school teacher working with primary school students, Oujé-Bougoumou, QC.

Photo: Crédit photo : Fondation communautaire Eenou-Eeyou

Intergenerational cultural transfer at work: Demonstrating the fine work required to make a goose from tamarack needles.

Photo: Crédit photo : Fondation communautaire Eenou-Eeyou

February 2020 event at Montréal’s “Maison des régions” to celebrate the new “Grand Alliance” agreement and showcase the Eenou-Eeyou Community Foundation.

Photo: Crédit photo : Fondation communautaire Eenou-Eeyou

Inspiring Positive Change for Cree Communities

The Eenou-Eeyou Community Foundation (Cree Foundation) is a registered non-profit organization dedicated to the health, social development and prosperity of the 20,000 Crees who live in ten communities spread across a territory of 400,000 square kilometers in the James Bay region. Cree communities have shown incredible resilience over the centuries. Today, the Eenou-Eeyou communities manage their own education and health care systems and deliver culturally appropriate essential services across Eeyou Istchee.

The Eenou-Eeyou Community Foundation is dedicated to building partnerships with business, foundation and government sectors, while defining philanthropy with a lens that takes Cree values and traditions into account. It has recently launched a $40 million inaugural fundraising campaign to finance a strong future for Cree children and youth by preserving and promoting the Cree culture and traditions, and developing healthy, strong and prosperous Cree communities.

The Foundation will engage and inspire, helping to bring transformational improvements in housing, education, and health care, bringing greater prosperity and vitality to the people. Power Corporation is pleased to support the Foundation’s breakthrough projects focused on youth.

For many centuries the Eenou-Eeyou communities lived upon the land with a philosophy of respect and a deep sense of stewardship.
Paul Desmarais, Jr.
Power Corporation of Canada



Eeyou and Eenou live in 10 coastal and inland Eenou-Eeyou communities located in north-central Québec on a territory of approximately 400,000 square kilometres


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