The COVID-19 situation in Northern Québec


INQ is keeping abreast of the directives issued by the Government of Quebec and the measures implemented in the northern administrative regions in the context of COVID-19. These directives and measures have a direct impact on research and fieldwork taking place in these territories.

The Québec government has announced that the residents of a region or territory now designated as a red zone (Maximum Alert) must most especially avoid travelling to a green, yellow or orange zone and outside Québec, except for essential travel (workers, shared child custody and freight transportation).

Moreover, the rules applying to zones under red alert continue to apply to every person residing there while travelling outside his or her zone. However, persons living in a territory that is in a red zone who travel to another territory to study, work or exercise their profession there are not required to apply the restrictions of the territory where they live.

Because of the high vulnerability of Nunavik communities, measures are in place to reduce the risk of introducing the virus into the region. All travellers entering Nunavik must complete a 14-day quarantine prior to or following their arrival. They must also complete a questionnaire before boarding their plane at the airport. In addition, COVID-19 screening for all travellers is being introduced gradually. A screening test will be performed at the airport prior to boarding, and 7 days after arrival in Nunavik.
If you are travelling to Nunavik from the South, please follow the instructions issued by the:

Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services
Kativik regional government
The Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services

Cree Territory of James Bay
Eeyou Istchee (region 18) is currently free of COVID-19. Forceful action is needed to maintain protection for the population of Eeyou Istchee because of the high vulnerability of the region and its population, and the capacity of its health services.
All individuals entering one of the 9 communities in Eeyou Istchee must remain in isolation for at least 14 days following their arrival before they begin to move around the community. They are also strongly urged to take a COVID-19 screening test during the 72 hours preceding their departure from their home region in order to obtain a negative result before travelling.

The Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay is keeping citizens well informed.
The Cree Nation Government /Grand Council of the Cree works closely with the Cree Board of Health and provides information to the Cree communities in the form of regular newsletters.

North Shore
At the request of the Innu Nation's Strategic Cell, the Tshakapesh Institute provides support for the harmonization of communication actions of Innu communities in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is why the Tshakapesh Institute has brought together the initiatives and tools of First Nations communities, governments and authorities. For all information, please visit the site at the following address:

The Naskapi Nation of Kawawachikamach provides information on its Facebook page:


The Centre for Northern Studies (CEN) announces the policy regarding the ongoing closure and eventual re-opening of their research stations on a case by case basis.
In response to the exceptional pandemic situation at COVID-19 and in accordance with the directives of the Government of Quebec and Université Laval , no reservations at Centre for Northern Studies (CEN) research stations will be possible until further notice. Please note that the reopening of CEN stations will be based on the evolution of research deconfinement measures put in place by the Nunavik regional authorities.  Ultimately, the reopening of our research stations in Nunavik will be done on a case-by-case basis according to the instructions and approval procedures that will be communicated to us. When we become aware of these instructions and procedures, we will inform you.

We thank you for your understanding and collaboration,
The management of Centre for Northern Studies (CEN)


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