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.

We will try to keep you informed of the latest news - which may have an impact on your research work.

On March 28, Quebec closed 8 eight regions to prevent the spread of VIDOC-19, including the northern regions. All regions north of the 49th parallel are affected by this closure.

Only travel deemed essential will now be allowed in the Lower St. Lawrence, Abitibi-Témiscamingue, the North Shore, Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Gaspésie and the Magdalen Islands, Northern Quebec, Nunavik and the Cree territory of James Bay.

At the daily press briefing, Geneviève Guilbault, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Health announced said if people attempting to enter or leave the region “are not an essential service, if they are not going for health reasons or for humanitarian reasons, they will be sent home."



Nunavik authorities issued a clear communiqué on March 17 to limit travel on its territory:

The Kativik regional government informs its citizens about  COVID-19 :

The Nunvik Regional Board of Health and Social Services is also proactive:


Eeyou Istchee Baie-James

The Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay also informs its citizens, Here is the address to consult  :

The Cree Nation Government /Grand Council of the Cree works closely with the Cree Board of Health. Information can be found at the following address:


North Shore and Saguenay Lac-Saint-Jean

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


Update - April 28, 2020: Innu leaders don't want hasty deconfinement



INQ relies on government and university directives regarding northern travel and research.

Please consult the websites of the following universities, which have measures in place:


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