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Termination of the Winter Road Agreement

On June 27 2018 we received notice from De Beers Canada that they are terminating the Winter Road Agreement regarding the Western James Bay Winter Road.

We want to assure you that we have been planning for this possibility for some time, and that there will be a winter road next winter.

We are working towards a solution that will be in the best interests of the communities, and over the next months, more information will come forward as to what this season’s winter road will look like.


The James Bay Winter Road was closed on March 27, 2018. Please be advised that there will be no road maintenance activities carried out after the road closure.


The Western James Bay Winter Road connects the communities of Attawapiskat, Fort Albany, and Kashechewan to Moosonee through the annual construction and maintenance of an ice road. From Moosonee there is a rail link to the main Ontario provincial highway system at Cochrane.

The 312 km. long James Bay Winter Road is operated and managed by First Logistics, a division of Kimesskanemenow LP, a limited partnership between the four communities it connects, Attawapiskat, Fort Albany, Kashechewan and Moose Cree First Nations. The word kimesskanemenow is a Cree word which means 'our road'.

This website provides road users with up to date road status and conditions, and provides access to the past newsletters, employment opportunities with Kimesskanemenow, and contact information.

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