The Recreation Department provides a series of programs engaging the community members toward a healthy lifestyle through physical activity.  The employees comprise a team of thirty people dedicated to offering individual and group training programs, organizing indoor and outdoor sports activities, and being in charge of the whole operations as well as the maintenance of the arena, four parks, one beach and playing fields.

The activities offered indoor include fitness programs with fitness equipment and «Resist-a-ball», spinning, yoga, aerobic, bodybuilding, swimming, basketball, broomball, figure skating and hockey; outdoor activities offered are football, soccer, softball, cycling, canoeing, and running programs and golf.

The arena in the community, the Neoskweskau Complex, is considered a privileged place for sports and recreational activities, and also welcomes concerts and shows, but moreover is a gathering place for a variety of public or family events, such as public assemblies, special events, group meetings, wedding or funerals.

 The yearlong calendar includes the participation of the Recreation Department during Aboriginal Day (1 or 2 days), the Summer Festival (10 days) and the annual local Pow Wow (3 days) held during a three day week-end in July. Other events include the hosting of inter-regional tournaments for basketball, hockey, broomball and volleyball, special events like the annual Stanley Longchap Golf Classic, the winter carnival and the New Year Celebrations. As well, Mistissini hosts the Bantam BB and Midget AA Cree Nation Bears teams, all-star hockey teams of the best players in the Cree Nation that compete against their peers in Abitibi Temiscamingue.


September – March 31st

Social Hockey League

The social hockey league consists of   four to six teams to schedule games twice a week and have playoffs towards   the end of the hockey season.  This   program is to encourage friendship, sportsmanship and team spirit.

Registrations are currently open.


Conditioning Camp – MHBA

The conditioning camp is like a   try-out appeal to be selected in either category A or B in

hockey.  And to select broomball players in certain   teams. 


Swimming:  Chibougamau    (Saturdays)

The Recreation Department will   reserve the swimming pool in Chibougamau every Saturdays. 

Time will be addressed.  Stay tuned.   


First day of MHBA Practices


Fitness Programs

Fitness Programs consists a variety   of options:

  •   Swimming
  •   Spinning
  •   Resit-a-ball   (Adult/youth/children/stay-at-home mothers)
  •   Yoga
  •   Bootcamp
  •   Dryland   Training


After School SPORTS Program

The after school sports program is   scheduled once the cold season hits.    There are monitors

that supervise the program and teach the basic   fundamentals of sports. 

3:30 to 6pm from Monday to   Fridays. 

The activities will introduce   different sporting events for school aged children. 


Figure Skating Program – Beginners

The figure skating program for   beginners will be a fundamental program to develop skaters on

a beginner’s   level; whether in figure skating skates or hockey skates. 

Groups will be developed


Invitational Volleyball Tournament

The event is hosted annually and will   be held for two days.  It is an   invitational event for

athletes to come and participate.  Cash prizes are to be distributed for the   event.

There are two categories:

  •   Co-Ed   Competitive
  •   Co-Ed   Recreational


Referee/Coaching Clinic

The clinics will be offered in the   community to be certified coaches or referees.  It is mandatory

that there be two coaches   per team within the MHBA. 


Mark Petawabano Junior Hockey   Tournament

The junior tournament is organized by   the Youth department with the help of the Recreation


October – March 31st

Square Dance Program

There will be square dance classes   held every Wednesdays starting October.    This is to revamp

the traditional dance to our young and adult   groups. 

The program is organized by:

  •   Mistissini   Sports & Recreation Department
  •   Cree   Health Board
  •   Community   Wellness



The tournament is a fixed tournament   held on the same weekend of each year hosting ONLY

federated hockey.  It lasts from Wednesday to Sunday because   of the number of teams

participating for each category. 


Christmas Tournament

The Christmas Tournament is held during the holidays and it lasts for   three days.  The event

is to encourage   FUN for the children and adults. 


Senior Hockey & Broomball Tournament

The tournament is an annual event   held in January. 

The tournament holds;

Class A

Class B

Class C



Winter Festival & Cross Country   Ski-Doo Race

The festivities take place during the   cold winter months and hosts different activities and

entertainment for the   community. 

The event concludes a Cross Country   Ski-Doo race.


Minor Hockey & Broomball   Tournament

The tournament includes not only   hockey but broomball as well.  This   tournament is for

minor categories. 


We are always open for opinions and suggestions from members; should you have any questions, regarding our programs, events and activities, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

Thank you. 


John Gosset, Director of Recreation Department

Phone: 418-923-3248 ext. 257


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