Our History The history of the Cree people who have chosen to call themselves members of “MoCreebec” does not begin in 1980 when the association was first established. The families of MoCreebec members have been living in the Moose Factory – Moosonee area for generations and hundreds of years. Members of MoCreebec trace their ancestry to the people along the East Coast of what is now known as James Bay, in the province of what is now Quebec. As in Ontario, these Cree people settled into communities because of the establishment of fur trading posts at various points around the bay. Many families from the east coast of James Bay were drawn to and settled in the Moosonee/Moose Factory region as it grew into a regional government and commercial centre. Employment, education, and health care were all major factors for the migration from ancestral territories. However, in 1905, MoCreebec families were not signatories to Treaty no. 9 in Ontario. The Federal Government chose not to include the people whose ancestry was in the province of Quebec – a decision not discouraged by the Government of Ontario or the trading companies operating in the region. Therefore, as beneficiaries without most of the benefits, the Moose Factory Cree of Quebec, recognizing the priority of basic social needs and services, formed an association in 1980, which they named MoCreebec.