Moose River Hospitality and Heritage Association

More than 350 Community Bake Oven

Community Bake Oven

Bake Oven
Photo: Oliver Wolcott


Moose Factory used to have a community bake oven that was shared by community members for baking bread and other items. The More than 350 Planning Committee wanted to find a living monument for this commemorative year that could

  • Connect the past, the present and the future
  • Represent and promote the coming together of diverse peoples and cultures in Moose Factory
  • Serve the community in multiple ways in the future.


With this in mind, the Committee proposed to construct a community bake oven as a living monument representing the theme of the More than 350 year – Śawelihcikewin. In the spirit of community and sharing this project seeks to:

Bring together community stakeholders with local and outside businesses and organizations contributing to its construction with in-kind and/or cash contributions.

Create heritage trades training and employment opportunities and educational opportunities for local youth and students.

Create a unique heritage commemorative monument with roots in the community that could be used by local entrepreneurs and businesses, as well as community members.

Embody in its form and use an interpretative feature that supports the theme of ‘Śawelihcikewin’ as a defining element of the Moose Cree Homeland’s DNA.

It will be build in late June and early July and unveiled on August 5, 2023, during the combined More than 350 Nipin Celebration – Gathering of Our People – Creefest.

Recent Community Bake Oven Build

Bake over build photos
Introduction to Heritage Trades Course
  • Are you interested in helping restore heritage buildings in our region?
  • Are you interested in learning about careers in heritage trades and conservation?
  • Do you want to be prepared, as a contractor or tradesperson, for emerging local and regional employment opportunities in heritage restoration projects and rebuilds?
With the generous support of Parks Canada and others, the MRHHA is partnering with Northern College to offer a course on “Introduction to Heritage Trades.” This course will be delivered in Moose Factory, with possible visits to Moosonee, from July 5-16. It will be organized around the work being undertaken by visiting heritage trades experts, at heritage sites in Moose Factory and Moosonee, and above all the construction of the community bake oven in Moose Factory, described above. Tuition subsidies are available. 
For more details, contact the MRHHA’s Economic Development Officer, Cheryl Tomatuk-Bagan @ or Northern College @