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.

The Québec government has announced that the residents of a region or territory now designated as a red zone (Maximum Alert) must most especially avoid travelling to a green, yellow or orange zone and outside Québec, except for essential travel (workers, shared child custody and freight transportation).

Moreover, the rules applying to zones under red alert continue to apply to every person residing there while travelling outside his or her zone. However, persons living in a territory that is in a red zone who travel to another territory to study, work or exercise their profession there are not required to apply the restrictions of the territory where they live.

Access is not allowed at this time to Nunavik and the Cree Territory of James Bay. A reopening plan will be announced at a later date.

Quarantines – Lifting of some measures
Beginning June 14, certain measures for people with full immunity will be lifted.
Travellers from outside the region, with full immunity (those who received two doses or a single dose for those who have had COVID-19) will have their quarantine time reduced to at least 7 Days. The measures do not change for people who do not have full immunity, it remains at 14 Days.
After June 14, if the fully immune have completed 7 Days of quarantine AND received a negative result from their test taken after 7 Days of quarantine, they are free to resume their regular ways. The test on Day 7 of arrival in the North remains a requirement.
Travellers who have not received the vaccine or who have received only a single dose will have to complete 14 Days of quarantine, even if their result is negative. Obtaining a travel authorization before taking the plane is still mandatory for everyone.
Other changes:
- Travellers coming from outside the region with full immunity will be able to quarantine in Nunavik in their household without the entire household needing quarantine.
- A quarantined traveller who does not have full immunity: people in their household with full immunity will not be required to quarantine.
- A quarantined traveller who does not have full immunity: people in their household without full immunity will need to remain in quarantine.
It’s still mandatory for everyone to wear a mask in public places and indoor workplaces. If you have COVID-19 symptoms, call the COVID Info Health Line 1-888-662-7482 or your CLSC / Nursing Station.
Written proof of vaccination provided during vaccination constitutes valid proof.
If you have not received it or can no longer find it, contact your CLSC / Nursing Station (see telephone numbers listed on the image).
Regional radio show
To fully understand the current situation and share your comments / questions, don't miss the regional radio show on TNI tomorrow, Thursday, June 3 at 1:00 p.m.. The following topics will be discussed:
- Vaccination for 12-17 year old
- Vaccination coverage in the region
- The new measures announced (quarantine, etc.)
Calls from the public for comments and questions are welcome. Dre. Burdet, Kitty Gordon, Aani Tulugak, Carole Beaulne and other hosts will take calls in all 3 languages at 1-800-255-8901.
Vaccination 12-17 years old
Vaccination against COVID-19 will be available for the 12-17 year old in Nunavik.
As mentioned on May 25, vaccination against COVID-19 will be available for the 12-17 year old in Nunavik, as elsewhere in the province. The vaccine will arrive in Nunavik during the week of June 14 and will start being offered to the youth in the same week. Further details will follow, in particular concerning the arrangements for making an appointment. In the meantime, do not hesitate to consult the Q&A on vaccination for the 12-17 year old:
Thank you !
Josee Levesque
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Communication Coordinator  | Executive Management
Coordonnatrice des communications | Direction générale

If you are travelling to Nunavik from the South, please follow the instructions issued by the:

Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services
Kativik regional government
The Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services

Cree Territory of James Bay
Eeyou Istchee (region 18) is currently free of COVID-19. Forceful action is needed to maintain protection for the population of Eeyou Istchee because of the high vulnerability of the region and its population, and the capacity of its health services.
All individuals entering one of the 9 communities in Eeyou Istchee must remain in isolation for at least 14 days following their arrival before they begin to move around the community. They are also strongly urged to take a COVID-19 screening test during the 72 hours preceding their departure from their home region in order to obtain a negative result before travelling.

The Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay is keeping citizens well informed.
The Cree Nation Government /Grand Council of the Cree works closely with the Cree Board of Health and provides information to the Cree communities in the form of regular newsletters.

North Shore
An entry management protocol has been put in place to reduce the risk of introducing COVID-19. All visitors, residents and some workers (excluding mine and construction workers) coming from an orange zone, a red zone or from outside Québec who enter one of the targeted territories must have two COVID-19 tests.

The first test is done when the visitor arrives and the second test is done on the 7th day of their stay. Preventive isolation is requested between the two tests. In addition, it is strongly suggested that the visitor avoid social interactions during the 14 days following their arrival. For more information, consult the public health measures for entry to the North Shore.

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:


Fully vaccinated travellers no longer need to isolate when entering Nunavut.

For the latest information about current health restriction in Nunavut communities, consult the Nunavut Department of Health website


The Centre for Northern Studies (CEN) announces the policy regarding the ongoing closure and eventual re-opening of their research stations on a case by case basis.
In response to the exceptional pandemic situation at COVID-19 and in accordance with the directives of the Government of Quebec and Université Laval , no reservations at Centre for Northern Studies (CEN) research stations will be possible until further notice. Please note that the reopening of CEN stations will be based on the evolution of research deconfinement measures put in place by the Nunavik regional authorities.  Ultimately, the reopening of our research stations in Nunavik will be done on a case-by-case basis according to the instructions and approval procedures that will be communicated to us. When we become aware of these instructions and procedures, we will inform you.

We thank you for your understanding and collaboration,
The management of Centre for Northern Studies (CEN)


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