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  • Paperback Edition
    • 978-1-03-919659-9
    • 6.0 x 9.0 inches
    • Black & White interior
    • 204 pages
  • Hardcover Edition
    • 978-1-03-919660-5
    • 6.0 x 9.0 inches
    • Black & White interior
    • 204 pages
  • Keywords
    • Moose Factory,
    • Moose River,
    • James Bay,
    • Ontario history,
    • Flooding disaster,
    • Historical accounts,
    • Indigenous communities

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The Deeper Story of Moose Factory's Great Flood
by Jean Pierre Chabot

1894: The Deeper Story of Moose Factory’s Great Flood is an account of an ice jam-induced flood that occurred at the Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) fur trading post on Moose Factory Island, which is situated along the James Bay coast in Canada's north. This story is also an account of the broader history of break-up, a season all of its own, within the delta of the Moose River. Through the phenomenon of break-up, the author also tells a deeper story of Moose Factory, its history and the region’s people. You will no longer think of water and ice in the same way after reading this book. Guaranteed.

“A fascinating journey into the little-known world of river behaviour and an equally compelling contemporary history of a remote Indigenous community near the shores of James Bay, where the author has both lived and worked.” —John Zada, Author of In the Valleys of the Noble Beyond: In Search of the Sasquatch “As a youngster growing up near the banks of the Moose River, I was always intrigued with the river ice break up process and the near-annual ice jam related flooding events. I was fortunate to continue with this fascination on a professional level throughout my career. I can appreciate and attest to the author’s adaptation of the historical and present-day perspective.” —Ken Corston, The Ice Whisperer I have lived along the mighty Moose and Abitibi rivers for years and have observed both the power and changes the river has on life. The author has captured many motions of these mighty rivers.” —Wayne Taipale, Local Leader & Man of All Seasons “I was fascinated by the various perspectives with which the author approached the telling of the 1894 story. I have a strong interest in this particular historical event as it served as a basis for validating the ice flooding study I completed for MoCreebec Eeyoud. The writing is very thoughtful and, as a professional focused on developing engineering solutions to manage river flow, I found the human side very intriguing.” —Jason Shaw, Professional in the Field of Hydrology

Chabot was born and raised on Moose Factory Island. Over the years he developed an interest in natural phenomena. Listening to the stories of local elders whom he would occasionally meet out on the land inspired a respect for the type of knowledge that can only be gained from being close to nature. Chabot left the Island in his teens but returned as an adult to work. Some of his professional musings have involved flood-related projects. Between 2014 and 2020 Chabot collaborated on the development of a flood forecast tool and subsequent flood plain maps. As a result of his experiences, Chabot became a self-professed 'break-up junky'. These experiences and an interest in history led him to delve into archives and turn over the rocks of time to see what lay beneath. What he found is flushed out in the story of 1894: The Deeper Story of Moose Factory's Great Flood.


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