Oujé-Bougoumou Crees, Ouje-Bougoumou, QC

Oujé-Bougoumou Crees
203 Opemiska Meskino
G0W 3C0 Ouje-Bougoumou
(418) 745-2519
(418) 745-3905
(418) 745-3544
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The Oujé-Bougoumou community hopes that in our own small way, by demonstrating how it is possible to plan our village so that the various components are integrated and mutually reinforcing for the long-term benefit of the community, we are making a contribution to current thinking about "sustainable communities" and are providing practical expression of sustainable development.

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The history of the Oujé-Bougoumou Crees throughout the better part of this century is a sad story of abuse, dispossession, and neglect by the combined efforts of mining and forestry companies and successive governments at both the provincial and federal levels.
When we began to seriously plan our new village, we started with a vision. The essential thrust of that vision was to re-create the well-being of our traditional way of life to the fullest extent in the context of modern facilities and contemporary institutions.
In order to ensure that the physical appearance of our new village reflected our own cultural heritage we engaged the services of a renowned aboriginal architect, Mr. Douglas Cardinal, to design the major public institutions in the new village. Mr. Cardinal designed Canada's national museum, the Museum of Civilization and is now designing the National Museum of the American Indian for the Smithsonian Institution in Washington.
In the area of housing it was our intention to avoid the situation in which the vast majority of aboriginal people in Canada find themselves: with inadequate and inappropriate housing, and saddled with government programs which do not meet aboriginal housing needs. The community has designed and implemented its own housing program with the objective of addressing the housing needs of all the community members with an emphasis on individual home ownership. By designing a housing program locally and for the long-term we have developed a model which will result in the community becoming self-sufficient in the area of housing and not dependent upon inadequate governmental programs.
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