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Cree Nation of Chisasibi - Quebec (Canada)

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[Cree of Chisasibi flag] image by Janis Lasmanis, 17 July 2019

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Cree Nation of Chisasibi

"Chisasibi is a community on the eastern shore of James Bay, one of the nine Cree communities in the James Bay region of Northern Québec. Our community is located on the south shore of the La Grande River. The present site upon which the community of Chisasibi is located is relatively new. The beginnings of the community, however, go back several centuries, at which time, the then nomadic Crees used a nearby island for summertime assemblies. This island, later known as Fort George, eventually became the permanent site of the Chisasibi Crees. The establishment of a trading post by the Hudson's Bay Company in 1803 reinforced the island as a permanent site. In 1852, an Anglican mission was established, followed by an Anglican school in 1907 and a Catholic mission in 1927. The population of the community grew from an estimated 750 in 1940 to almost 2,000 in 1980, at which time it was relocated to its present site.

The Fort George Relocation Corporation, an entity formed as a result of negotiations between the Crees and the Québec Government over the James Bay Power Project, was responsible for the relocation and the construction of the present town site. The relocation became necessary because of the possible erosion expected due to scheduled changes in the flow regime of the La Grande River and the desire of the Chisasibi Crees to be located on the mainland."

Ivan Sache, 12 September 2010

The flag

A photo taken on 25 August 2010 by "peupleloup" shows five flags hoisted at half-staff in Chisasibi. The Canada (left) and Quebec (right) flags flank three other flags.

Another photo from the same series shows the second and third flag in more detail. The second flag is yellow with the seal of the Cree Nation of Chisasibi, therefore it must be the flag of the Cree Nation of Chisasibi.

The third flag is blue with a human silhouette over the geographical outline of Quebec, the whole inscribed in a yellow ring, all yellow.

Ivan Sache, 12 September 2010

This blue flag is the flag of the Makivik Corporation. Makivik, which in Inuktitut means "To Rise Up," is a fitting name for an organization mandated to protect the rights, interests and financial compensation provided by the 1975 James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement, the first comprehensive Inuit land claim in Canada, and the more recent offshore Nunavik Inuit Land Claim Agreement that came into effect in 2008.
Jens Pattke, 12 September 2010

From the lettering I'd say the fourth (white) flag was the Grand Council of the Crees, plus their emblem seems similar to the bits we see on that tattered flag.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 12 September 2010