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Located along the northeastern shores (around 5 miles to the east) of James Bay, the Ojibway settlement of Chisasibi has a population of 4,872 according to the 2016 census. The community has 1,177 housing units, with 1,002 lived in year round. Average household size is 4.8 persons per household. Around 4,160 continue to speak corrupted Ojibway (Cree Dialect of Ojibway) as the main language at home, at Chisasibi. They are an admixture of Ojibway, Eskimo, white and mixed bloods. Chisasibi is not an isolated community. Rte de la Baie James connects Chisasibi with Rte du Nord and the rest of Quebec. Ojibway communities along James Bay's east coast are better off than those along James Bay's west shores.
In 1980, a suspicious event changed the lives of the Chisasibi Ojibway's. They were forced to relocate from an island they claim was named Fort George. The island is actually situated in what appears to be a delta. It does look like an island but only so far as the river which separates it from the mainland. The distance between the island and the mainland is a fifth of a mile or about 1,000 feet. In James Bay are several large islands. And we know the Anishinabe people are infatuated with islands. The largest is Akimiski Island. It's width at it's widest point is 27 miles. It's length at it's greatest length is 61 miles. It covers 3,001 sq. km. or 1,158 sq. mi. And it is a turtle shaped island. Since historical evidence tell of a forced relocation from an island, all of the James Bay communities are involved. If the relocation did not involve any islands, the forced relocation probably involved the Chipewyan or Chippewan and Eskimos, of the interior of the north of Manitoba and the interior of Nunavut. That commenced in either the 1940s or 1950s.
Though the whites have been up front about the forced relocations which include the forced relocation of the Chipewyan or Chippewan, from the interior of the north of Manitoba and the interior of Nunavut, the forced relocation from an island in James Bay is the one being carefully ignored. And the forced relocation of the York Factory Anishinabek to York Landing, is definitely related. That commenced in 1957 or near the same time as the forced relocation of the Chippewan from the interior of the north of Manitoba and interior Nunavut, to the coastal sellements along Hudson Bay and obviously James Bay. So the actual time the forced relocations commenced, was the 1940s and 1950s.
Photo of Chisasibi
Photo of Chisasibi