ABEL BOSUM, GRAND CHIEF of the Grand Council of the Crees, plants his dress shoes where his parents' house once sat on a thin wooded spit that curls into Doré Lake like a dog's tongue into a bowl of water. The Oujé-Bougoumou Cree roamed the boreal near what is now the town of Chibougamau, Que., like squatters, seeking shelter in roadside shacks, miners' tents and trapline cabins for some 70 years before Bosum led them to secure a permanent reserve on the shores of Lake Opémisca, about an hour's drive from here, in 1992. Abel Bosum, Grand Chief of the Grand Council of the Crees, revisits his childhood home at Doré Lake. Many area Cree were relocated to Oujé- Bougoumou (opposite), now home to the region's administrative building (left), in 1989 after an agreement with the feds and province led by Chief Abel Bosum (right). [Extracted from the article]
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