Mattice Local Customs

  • A cool ride in a freighter canoe
    A cool ride in a freighter canoe
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  • Derek Beck water taxi driver
    Derek Beck water taxi driver
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    A few Cree words

    by hoz Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    WaChay means "welcome". There is a big sign at the channel entrance to Moose Factory proclaiming "WaChay" to all. The local Cree will certainly make you feel welcome to their land.

    MeGwitch means "Thank you". You will make a hit with the locals with just these two words.
    But if you would like to learn more you can check out the English/Cree dictionary webpage below.

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    Catch a ride to James Bay

    by hoz Updated Jun 6, 2004

    Your canoe trip ends about 20 kilometers from James Bay. You could paddle out there but the water is BIG and the waves can be treacherous. We negotiated with a water taxi driver to take us out to view the Bay.

    Not every driver wants to go out there so you have to ask around. We found Derek Beck, a Cree who is well versed in the ways of the Bay. He has a hunting camp in the bush and spent some time explaining how the Cree feel about the land.

    Derek Beck water taxi driver
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    Visiting Moose Factory

    by hoz Written Jun 6, 2004

    Be sure to spend at least one day visiting the native village of Moose Factory at the end of your trip.There you will find a friendly welcome from the Cree. Be sure to have lunch or dinner at the fabulous Cree Eco-Lodge, built entirely from green or eco materials and financed by the Cree Nation.

    If you see smoke coming from the Tipis around town it means they are cooking bannock over an open fire. Stop inside for a tasty treat and maybe some conversation with a local. They are always interested in where you come from and why you came to Moose Factory.

    The Cree operate water taxis between Moosonee and Moose Factory. If you are camped at Tidewater Island there is a flag towave to bring one over to your dock. The ride in a freighter canoe can be exciting!

    A cool ride in a freighter canoe
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