An important goal of the project is to build upon
traditional Cree construction and patterns of social
interaction - and this priority has lead to development
of an open social and teaching environment that reflects
the traditional winter structures of the Cree (the
Mitogan). The perimeter berms reflect the tradition
of excavation and mounding - and they also create
an ideal natural insulation layer - reducing convective
and wind-induced heat loss. The high open structure
mimics the form and construction of the tradtional
Mitogan - and provides natural ventilation and cooling
with minimal energy use. The buildings of the campus
will all conform with LEED standards, and the project
is targeting LEED Silver certification.
The project will be developed in a wilderness site on Lake Mistissini. The campus will consist of the two service centres, service buildings, the main training facility and waterfront facilities. Construction is scheduled for 2011.
The James Bay Cree of northern Quebec are developing a new campus for skill training and social services for Cree youth. This campus will be jointly developed with a Tourism Culture Camp which will provide interpretive services to visitors, teaching and service opportunities to the local Cree, and luxury camping facilities.