National Geographic : 1963 Jul
Cree Baby Returns to the North After a Flying Trip to a Hospital Twice-weekly flights by bush planes link Fort Albany, a Hudson's Bay Company post on James Bay, with settlements to the south. Nomadic Crees still trap and hunt as their an cestors did. Trading at the Albany post has gone on since 1693. Here a parka-clad nurse from the Indian Hospital on Moose Factory Island holds a former patient as the bearded Roman Catholic Bishop of Moosonee, the Most Reverend Henri Belleau, steps ashore for a visit at Fort Albany. Father Jean-Baptiste Gagnon, director of Albany's Indian school, greets the bishop. White-robed Sister Paul-Germaine of the Grey Nuns hospital in Moo sonee visits a Cree tent to dispense candy to the children and advice and pills to the ill. Only 15 years ago tuber culosis cut short the lives of many In dians. New drugs and treatment have reduced the death rate dramatically. Patients arrive at the hospital from settlements far to the north on Hud son Bay. Dwellings of the Crees range from tents to small houses. In winter the men run trap lines; in summer they work at odd jobs.