Chisasibi | ᒋᓵᓰᐲ

McGill Accredited Training Site for: Family Medicine

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General Description

Kayaks on the edge of a lake.


ᒋᓵᓰᐲ (Chisasibi) is a Cree village on the eastern shore of the James Bay.  Trainees are flown to ᒋᓵᓰᐲ (Chisasibi). The teaching site is part of the Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay.

Location on Google Maps (exact distance is calculated between the trainee's base unit and the site using Québec 511)


3 trainees per period

Length of Rotation

1 or 2 months


  • Spoken: English, French is useful
  • Charting: French and English
  • Population spoken language: Cree and English

Clinical Exposure and Learning Experiences

Rotation primarily done in Hospital.

  • Trainees can be exposed to:
  • CLSC
  • ER
  • Home care/visits
  • Intensive Care Unit
  • Long Term Care Facility
  • Minor Procedures
  • Pre Natal and Post Natal Care
  • On-Call
  • Private Office
  • Teaching Activities
  • Walk-in Clinic
  • Ward and Patient Services
  • Other clinical exposures: Anesthesia and Minor Surgery

The trainees assigned supervisor may change during the course of their rotation.

Other Interesting Information

Hospital provides primary healthcare services.

  • 652 Admissions/year
  • 495 outpatient visits/year
  • 29 beds

Chisasibi's Dr. Darlene Kitty, President of the Council of Physicians' talk on CBCon SRC-TV, highlighting the work of Dr.Kitty & the healthcare challenges people in Eeyou Istchee face.


Tipis and houses in the Cree Territories.

Type of Lodging

Lodging is provided by the establishment and is located at a short walking distance from the hospital.

Trainees are lodged in a "transit". A transit is a house shared by other medical professionals. Trainees have a private room and share common gender neutral areas (bathroom, kitchen, living room).

It is important that everyone does their share to keep all common areas clean and safe at any time.

Accommodation Commodities

All accommodations are non-smoking environments.

Equipment Details
Full kitchen: Refrigerator; Microwave; Stove; Dishes; Utensils; Cookware
Television set, cable:      Provided
Washer and dryer: Provided + an iron
Internet Access: Available (wireless): bring your laptop. Connection could be at times poor, slow or down altogether.
Telephone: Long distance calls forbidden
Cell Phone: Bell, Telus, and Koodo have good reception. Unfortunately, Rogers and Fido do not work on the local cellular network.
Linens: Supplied
Visitors: Not allowed
Pets: Not allowed
Deposit for keys: None
Parking: Available
Bicycles: There are two bicycles available for trainees. Please ask the permanent MDs if you are interested.
Hospital Cafeteria: Serves lunch and supper. Tickets for cafeteria meals can be purchased from Lilybelle from 11am-1pm at a cost of $4.60 per ticket.
Other Amenities: Swimming Pool and Fitness Center


A small passenger plane on the tarmac.

Trainees will travel to the site by air. As the flight is reserved and paid for by the site, trainees will not receive any stipend for transportation.  

Note: Driving to Chisasibi is not recommended.

Traveling by Plane

The flight arrangements are made in advance by the site coordinator. An email confirming transportation is usually sent 2 weeks prior to the departure date. If you haven’t received it, contact the site coordinator.

  • For trainees from Montreal area or Gatineau, departure is from Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport or from the Air Creebec’s FBO terminal located at 9475 Ryan Avenue, Dorval (H9P 1A2).  For residents from Val-d'Or teaching unit, the departures are from the Val-d'Or airport.  Exact location is provided to you on your flight confirmation.
  • You pick up your ticket on the day of travel from the Air Creebec counter.
  • You should confirm your flight 24 hours prior to the departure with Air Creebec as flights can be delayed due to weather constraints.
  • The flight leaves early in the morning on the first Monday of your rotation. It is recommended that you arrive at the airport at least 2 hours in advance (Montreal) and 1 hour in advance (Val d'Or).
  • The return flight is the last Friday afternoon of your rotation.
  • Checked luggage is restricted to 44 lbs, 2 luggage.
  • When your trip is longer than 2 weeks, you are allowed to bring the following but you MUST inform 18TCR MD Reservation in advance:
    • Check-in a maximum of 3 pieces of luggage per person
    • Total weight for the 3 pieces together cannot exceed 100 lbs
    • Maximum weight for one piece is 50 lbs.
  • It is recommended that you bring snacks on board, usually a light meal is served.
  • The plane makes multiple stops before reaching Chisasibi. Passengers may be requested to disembark the plane at some of the stops.
  • Once at the destination, make sure that the luggage is unloaded.
  • There will be a van-taxi awaiting to bring you to the hospital. Although, the driver has your name, we recommend having a proactive approach and asking questions at the counter.
  • It is a 5-minute drive from the Chisasibi airport to the hospital.
  • For questions about the flight, you may contact Air Creebec (phone 1-800-567-6567) or Air Creebec’s FBO terminal (514-636-8501).

Important Information

Please review the following rotation guidelines before the start of your rotation:
PDF icon Chisasibi Trainee Guide

At least 3 weeks prior to rural rotation/elective, email the site contact to confirm your arrival.


Two doctors in Chisasibi smiling in a room full of documents.

Site Address Coordinator Supervisors
Chisasibi Hospital
21 Maamuu Road
Chisasibi, QC J0M 1E0
csam [at] (Christina Spencer) (Transportation and Lodging)
(819) 855-2744 ext. 22139
Dr. Eric Lee
Dr. Michael Lefson


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