Welcome to MRHHA

About Us

since 1673

We share an interest in the rich historical and cultural heritage of Moose Factory, Moosonee and the Moose River Region. That historical and cultural heritage is primarily Omushkego, but includes major contributions from other peoples, contributions that have become part of the present‐day community’s political, social, religious, economic and cultural fabric in the course of its long evolution that predates Moose Factory’s establishment as a fur‐trade post in 1673, or Moosonee’s establishment in the 1903. As the additional presence of Eeyou, Orcadian, Scottish, English, Norwegian and French family and cultural heritage shows, hospitality has long been one of the most important aspects of Moose Cree and Omushkego cultural and historical heritage. Our non‐profit association includes elders, youth, harvesters, community members and hosts, film‐makers, librarians, spiritual leaders, community researchers and educators, university and college professors and students, musicians, artists and many others who have a passion for our combined heritage along with the support of our leadership, councils and jurisdictions. The purpose of this grassroots organization is to preserve, document, and promote our historical and cultural heritage as well as our tradition of hospitality. We believe that this will have enormous benefits for the local community and its members as well as the broader society to which Moose Factory, Moosonee and its people continue to contribute.

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MRHHA Mission

The purpose of this association is to preserve, document, promote and perpetuate our historical and cultural heritage and our tradition of hospitality. We believe that this will have enormous benefits for ourselves, our communities as well as a broader society to which we continue to contribute. Our non‐profit association draws on the support of our leadership, councils and jurisdictions, and includes elders, youth, harvesters, community members and hosts, film‐makers, librarians, spiritual leaders, community researchers and educators, university and college professors and students, musicians, artists and many others who have a passion for our combined heritage.

MRHHA Vision

We share an interest in the rich historical and cultural heritage of Moose Factory, Moosonee and the Moose River region. That historical and cultural heritage is primarily Omushkego, but includes major contributions from other peoples, contributions that have become part of the present‐day community’s political, social, religious, economic and cultural fabric, in the course of its long evolution that predates Moose Factory’s establishment as a fur‐trade post in 1673. As demonstrated by our communities’ additional Eeyou, Orcadian, Scottish, English, Norwegian and French heritage, hospitality has long been one of the most important aspects of Moose Cree and Omushkego culture.

MRHHA Governance

The MRHHA is governed by a Board of Directors with 10 members, including the MRHHA’s Executive Director as an ex officio member. Each of the jurisdictional members appoints a board director. The general membership of the MRHHA elects six other board directors, including three who are elected representatives of the three jurisdictions and three who are members at large (and can be from outside the jurisdictions or from any of them). Current board members.

MRHHA History

Until the early 2000s, the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission managed Hudson’s Bay Company heritage sites in Moose Factory in connection with the summer tourist train known as the Polar Bear Express. In 2004, the Moose River Tourism Association was co-founded by Moose Cree First Nation and MoCreebec Eeyoud Council in order to step into the gap left by ONTC’s withdrawl. In 2007, a Moose Factory Historical Society was created and discussions started with the MFTA about collaboration on a shared vision for community-centred development of local heritage sites, promotion of local history, culture and heritage, as well as education. In November 2008, the MFTA held a two-day workshop to which the Town of Moosonee was invited. By 2010, the MFTA had expanded to include Moosonee, as well as a broader community-focused heritage and hospitality mandate, and was formally renamed the Moose River Heritage and Hospitality Association in 2012. 

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