After 30 years of waiting, Great Whale finally has a new health clinic. Designed in the shape of a circle, the new clinic is shared between the Cree and Inuit people of the community. “In the 60’s, everyone was together. But the jBNQA split everyone up. The Inuit had their own school, clinic. We had our own. Even the village was separated. I guess that’s why it took so long time to get the clinic,” said CHR Mary Masty. “We waited many years. But we’re working together again now.”

Cree elder John Petagumskum and Inuit elder Winnie Cookie cut the ribbon during the opening ceremonies. After, there was a community feast. The planned dance was cancelled.