Moose Cree Relies on Water Taxi Access

Moose Factory Island
Moose Factory Island is located on the James Bay Coast in Northern Ontario

MOOSE CREE FIRST NATION- Residents of Moose Factory Island are angry that municipal, provincial and federal Governments have done nothing to ensure safe access to Moosonee. Moose Factory is an island in Northern Ontario population 3000, home to Moose Cree First Nation. Residents accessing the mainland of Moosonee are forced to climb a steep, rocky shoreline to access services in Moosonee, Ontario. In 2013, the Town of Moosonee did not install the public docks at the shoreline. The docks were sold privately and signs were posted at the shoreline: No Public Access to Shoreline.

Moose Cree Needs Public Docks

Online Petition comments from residents of Moose Factory and Moosonee demonstrate their concerns: “Public access to safe river travel is important to both the residents of Moosonee and Moose Factory. I make trips to and from the island daily. I have seen 80 year old elders having to navigate the steep and often muddy bank to climb over the side of a taxi boat from an uneven/rocky beach. Seems wrong to me.”

An Elder commented, “As a 92-year-old, I feel access to the hospital in Moose Factory is important for patients and family members. Public docks have been available in Moosonee for over 60 years.”

Moose Factory Island
Moose Factory Island is located on the James Bay Coast in Northern Ontario

“What if this happened in downtown Toronto with the GoTrain, operated by a Crown Agency. Just because we live in the North we feel like we don’t matter,” commented Stephanie Feletto, a Moose Cree First Nation Band Member.

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