“NO more plastic bags!” says Moose Factory

18 08 2009

Washow Lodge wants to congratulate the entire island of Moose Factory for committing to “go green” by banning plastic bags at all stores on the island.  Northern Stores, Moose Cree First Nation, and the MoCreebec Council of Cree Nation have all committed to banning plastic bags.  We all feel that it was a move that needed to happen and as a community-based business conscious of our own ecological footprint, we are proud of our community for taking this step.  CONGRATULATIONS!

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Gathering of Our People (GOOP) 2009

31 07 2009

GOOP is upon us this week in Moose Factory!  Moose Cree First Nation’s annual Gathering of Our People was another success.  It was nice to see some friendly faces this year and we look forward to reuniting with old friends and welcoming new visitors next year.  See the fun as it comes hot of the press here.

Tonight is the last night including the community feast and a short presentation for the community on Washow Lodge.  We’ll see all you local folks at the feast!

Gathering of Our People 2009 - Our Homeland, Our People

Gathering of Our People 2009 - Our Homeland, Our People





Spring Break-Up Photo Albums

4 05 2009

Photos are uploaded and ready to share.  Images by local photographers as follows:

* If you know of any other public albums, please comment below and share!  Meegwetch!





Spring Break-Up Watch 2009: April 30th (20h00)

1 05 2009

April 30th, 2009, 8:00 p.m
RIVER CONDITIONS
Surveillance Flight UPDATE # 6
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A river surveillance flight was conducted this evening and the following was noticed:

KWATABOHEGAN RIVER – Broken up ice free flowing.

CHEEPAS RIVER – broken up.

MISSINABIE RIVER – ice is free flowing.

MATTAGAMI RIVER – ice is free flowing.

ABITIBI RIVER – Broken up.

FRENCH RIVER – Break up is 1km to the mouth.

SOUTH BLUFF CREEK – Broken up.

MOOSE FACTORY – Moose Factory (south channel) break up has progressed throughout the day and at this point break up is located at south end of Pilgrim Island and on the west side of the Moose Factory Island, it still remains the same as this morning’s report. An ice jam has formed from South tip of Hayes Island to south tip of South Bluff Island and ice is making its way down from up river on both north and south channels.

The water behind the break up remains high and will continue to be monitored. Moosonee (north channel) same with the south channel break up has progressed down towards the town of Moosonee and is located at the airport.
Moose Factory Island Fire & Rescue will be on 24 hour River Surveillance.

The flow rates and water levels of the monitored at Moose River are high, other rivers are normal for this time of year.

Another flight will take place in the morning to monitor the water level behind the break up.
The Moose Factory Island Emergency Management urges ALL Residents to remain off the river.

PLEASE KEEP CHILDREN AWAY FROM THE RIVER BANKS.  THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION IN KEEPING EVERYONE SAFE.





Spring Break-Up Watch 2009, April 30th (10h00)

30 04 2009

April 30th, 2009, 10:00 a.m
RIVER CONDITIONS
Surveillance Flight UPDATE # 5
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A river surveillance flight was conducted this morning and the following was noticed:

KWATABOHEGAN RIVER – River still intact, but showing signs of break up.

CHEEPAS RIVER – broken up.

MISSINABIE RIVER – ice is free flowing.

MATTAGAMI RIVER – ice is free flowing.

ABITIBI RIVER – Broken up.

FRENCH RIVER – Break up is 1.5 km to the mouth.

SOUTH BLUFF CREEK – Broken up.

MOOSE RIVER – Moose Factory (south channel) break up has progressed throughout the night and at this point, break up is located at level with Moose Cree Elders Center and made its way through last night on the west side of the Island and it has stopped at the end of the Moose Factory.  There is an ice jam formed from South tip of Hayes Island to South tip of South bluff Island and ice is making its way down from up river.

The water behind the break up is now high and will continue to be monitored.  Moosonee (north channel) same with the south channel break up has progressed down towards the town of Moosonee and is located at the airport. There is not much ice coming down from the north channel.

Moose Factory Island Fire & Rescue will be on 24 hour River Surveillance.

The flow rates and water levels of the monitored at Moose River is high.

Another flight will take place this evening to monitor water level behind the break up.

The Moose Factory Island Emergency Management Urges ALL Residents to
remain off the river.

PLEASE KEEP CHILDREN AWAY FROM THE RIVER BANKS.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION IN KEEPING EVERYONE SAFE.





Spring Break-Up Watch 2009: April 29th (20h00)

30 04 2009

April 29th, 2009, 8:00 p.m
RIVER CONDITIONS
Surveillance Flight UPDATE #4
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A river surveillance flight was conducted this evening and the following was noticed:

KWATABOHEGAN RIVER – River still intact, but showing signs of break up.

CHEEPAS RIVER – broken up.

MISSINABIE RIVER – ice is free flowing.

MATTAGAMI RIVER – ice is free flowing.

ABITIBI RIVER – Broken up.

FRENCH RIVER – Break up is 1.5 km to the mouth.

SOUTH BLUFF CREEK – Broken up.

MOOSE RIVER – Moose Factory (south channel) break up has progressed throughout the day and at this point, break up is located at level with the Northern Quickstop, and its making it way through towards the west side of the island from the dykes. There is a lot of ice making its way down from up-river. The water behind the break up is still normal and will continue to be monitored. Moosonee (north channel) same with the south channel break up has progressed down towards the town of Moosonee and is located at McCauley’s Hill. There is not much ice coming down from the north channel.

Moose Factory Island Fire & Rescue will start the 24 hour River Surveillance tonight.

The flow rates and water levels of being monitored at the Moose River is normal. Other rivers remain normal for this time of the year.

Another flight will take place this evening to monitor water level behind the break up.

The Moose Factory Island Emergency Management urges ALL Residents to remain off the river.

PLEASE KEEP CHILDREN AWAY FROM THE RIVER BANKS.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION IN KEEPING EVERYONE SAFE.





Break-Up has arrived to Moose Factory

29 04 2009

The community was all out today watching the ice and river carve its way towards the island.  Such a beautiful day to watch the excitement!  Here’s hoping the river opens up by the weekend…it would be lovely to get out the freighter canoe for a ride.

The ice approaching (16h00) April 29, 2009