Due to increased numbers of COVID-19 cases in Eeyou Istchee, two Emergency Response Units (ERUs) have been installed outside Chisasibi Hospital. These tents will serve as a patient waiting room and triage room.
Modern Mituukan were built to protect the ERUs from wintery conditions.
Time-lapse video shows the building of the Modern Mituukan
First, the protective shells of the Modern Mituukan structures were built. The ERUs were then installed inside the wooden structures.
The successful installation was a result of close cooperation between departments of the CBHSSJB. Nishiiyuu Department provided guidance on how to integrate traditional knowledge of Cree buildings to meet the needs of Miyupimaatisiiun Department. Material Resources worked with Pre-hospital Emergency Services and Emergency Measures to ensure the project met the technical specifications necessary for a hospital building.
As well, CBHSSJB worked closely with community partners - Cree Nation of Chisasibi and local builders J&B Bearskin Services. Canadian Red Cross personnel were also involved, providing training on the setup of the two ERU units within the Mituukan structures.