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MISTISSINI, QC.: NOVEMBER 15, 2015 -- Doctor Justin Ross looks outside the window of his home, during a lunch break on Sunday November 15, 2015 in Mistissini, Quebec. A graduate of the McGill University Medical School, he did his residency as a medical student at the Mistissini Walk In Clinic and eventually decided to apply for a job at the same unit after he completed his degree. Dr. Ross splits his life between Mistissini and New York, where his wife Lauren lives. He spends roughly 200 days a year up north while the rest of the time resides in New York on a tourist visa.

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MISTISSINI, QC.: NOVEMBER 15, 2015 -- Doctor Justin Ross looks outside the window of his home, during a lunch break on Sunday November 15, 2015 in Mistissini, Quebec. A graduate of the McGill University Medical School, he did his residency as a medical student at the Mistissini Walk In Clinic and eventually decided to apply for a job at the same unit after he completed his degree. Dr. Ross splits his life between Mistissini and New York, where his wife Lauren lives. He spends roughly 200 days a year up north while the rest of the time resides in New York on a tourist visa.

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MISTISSINI, QC.: NOVEMBER 15, 2015 -- Doctor Justin Ross evaluates a patient's skull x-ray on Sunday November 15, 2015, in Mistissini, Quebec. The male individual was probably involved in a fight but he doesn't remember the details of it. Weekends can be extremely busy in a small aboriginal community. Despite Mistissini being a dry outpost, alcohol and drugs are not uncommon in town causing troubles especially on Fridays and Saturdays when the abuse of liquors and substances increases.

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MISTISSINI, QC.: NOVEMBER 15, 2015 -- Doctor Justin Ross evaluates a patient's skull x-ray on Sunday November 15, 2015, in Mistissini, Quebec. The male individual was probably involved in a fight but he doesn't remember the details of it. Weekends can be extremely busy in a small aboriginal community. Despite Mistissini being a dry outpost, alcohol and drugs are not uncommon in town causing troubles especially on Fridays and Saturdays when the abuse of liquors and substances increases.

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MISTISSINI, QC.: NOVEMBER 16, 2015 -- Doctor Justin Ross, second from right, visits patient Judy Campey MacLeod, left, at her house on Monday November 16, 2015, in Mistissini, Quebec. Dr. Ross is assisted by Nurse Josée Marleau, right and Home Care Worker Nakoa Trapper, second from left. Dr. Ross is one of the eight physicians working at the Mistissini Walk In Clinic. In turn all the doctors have to home visit all the patients unable to reach the clinic independently, plus the seniors residing at the local nursing home.

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MISTISSINI, QC.: NOVEMBER 16, 2015 -- Doctor Justin Ross, second from right, visits patient Judy Campey MacLeod, left, at her house on Monday November 16, 2015, in Mistissini, Quebec. Dr. Ross is assisted by Nurse Josée Marleau, right and Home Care Worker Nakoa Trapper, second from left. Dr. Ross is one of the eight physicians working at the Mistissini Walk In Clinic. In turn all the doctors have to home visit all the patients unable to reach the clinic independently, plus the seniors residing at the local nursing home.

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MISTISSINI, QC.: NOVEMBER 15, 2015 -- "I was at a house party, then I woke up in pain," a patient seeking assistance said.

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MISTISSINI, QC.: NOVEMBER 15, 2015 -- "I was at a house party, then I woke up in pain," a patient seeking assistance said.

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MISTISSINI, QC.: NOVEMBER 16, 2015 -- Sunday afternoon/night shift: "We could go from a super slow day to an extremely busy one in a split second." Dr. Ross

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MISTISSINI, QC.: NOVEMBER 16, 2015 -- Sunday afternoon/night shift: "We could go from a super slow day to an extremely busy one in a split second." Dr. Ross

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MISTISSINI, QC.: NOVEMBER 15, 2015 -- A view of the town of Mistissini, Quebec on Sunday, November 15, 2015. The town reaches roughly 3427 inhabitants and is located in Cree territory, northern Quebec under the James Bay Municipality. The area is well known for the presence of several mines and Mistissini is the last outpost reachable by a paved road. The temperatures in full blown winter drop down to 40 below, rendering a pretty desolate environment.

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MISTISSINI, QC.: NOVEMBER 15, 2015 -- A view of the town of Mistissini, Quebec on Sunday, November 15, 2015. The town reaches roughly 3427 inhabitants and is located in Cree territory, northern Quebec under the James Bay Municipality. The area is well known for the presence of several mines and Mistissini is the last outpost reachable by a paved road. The temperatures in full blown winter drop down to 40 below, rendering a pretty desolate environment.

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MISTISSINI, QC.: NOVEMBER 17, 2015 -- John Matoush prepares a log for carving, at Murray's Camp, in Mistissini, Quebec, on Tuesday November 17, 2015. The area surrounding the Cree reserve is scattered with fishing, hunting and logging camps, plus several more remote mines. In a place where all these heavy duties happen on a daily basis, a clinic and a few doctors become crucial for all kinds of emergencies.

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MISTISSINI, QC.: NOVEMBER 17, 2015 -- John Matoush prepares a log for carving, at Murray's Camp, in Mistissini, Quebec, on Tuesday November 17, 2015. The area surrounding the Cree reserve is scattered with fishing, hunting and logging camps, plus several more remote mines. In a place where all these heavy duties happen on a daily basis, a clinic and a few doctors become crucial for all kinds of emergencies.

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MISTISSINI, QC.: NOVEMBER 15, 2015 -- Sunday street hockey.

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MISTISSINI, QC.: NOVEMBER 15, 2015 -- Sunday street hockey.

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MISTISSINI, QC.: NOVEMBER 16, 2015 -- A view of the of the waiting room at the Mistissini Walk In Clinic, Quebec on Monday, November 16, 2015. The clinic serves the community, plus the surrounding area and several other remote locations in the James Bay Municipality, where all the doctors can be flown in case of emergency. The Grand Council of the Crees supported the creation of a walk in clinic in Mistissini, considering the mining activity in the area and the remoteness of the community.

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MISTISSINI, QC.: NOVEMBER 16, 2015 -- A view of the of the waiting room at the Mistissini Walk In Clinic, Quebec on Monday, November 16, 2015. The clinic serves the community, plus the surrounding area and several other remote locations in the James Bay Municipality, where all the doctors can be flown in case of emergency. The Grand Council of the Crees supported the creation of a walk in clinic in Mistissini, considering the mining activity in the area and the remoteness of the community.

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MISTISSINI, QC.: NOVEMBER 16, 2015 -- Doctor Miriam Aubin, left, discusses about a diagnosis with Doctor Justin Ross, right, on Monday November 16, 2015, at the Mistissini Walk In Clinic, in Mistissini, Quebec. Eight physicians are part of the clinic's team. They all work in shifts covering different duties according to the schedule and their specialization. The Emergency Room, Hemodialysis Department, Home Visits and Gynaecological Department are the main services offered by the clinic. If there is a need for a specific exam or in case of a birth, the town of Chibougamau, 80 Km south, has the closest hospital. "The challenge in this type of communities is the coexistence of the traditional aboriginal medicine and the modern one, luckily the Cree community is pretty open about it." Dr. Ross stated.

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MISTISSINI, QC.: NOVEMBER 16, 2015 -- Doctor Miriam Aubin, left, discusses about a diagnosis with Doctor Justin Ross, right, on Monday November 16, 2015, at the Mistissini Walk In Clinic, in Mistissini, Quebec. Eight physicians are part of the clinic's team. They all work in shifts covering different duties according to the schedule and their specialization. The Emergency Room, Hemodialysis Department, Home Visits and Gynaecological Department are the main services offered by the clinic. If there is a need for a specific exam or in case of a birth, the town of Chibougamau, 80 Km south, has the closest hospital. "The challenge in this type of communities is the coexistence of the traditional aboriginal medicine and the modern one, luckily the Cree community is pretty open about it." Dr. Ross stated.

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MISTISSINI, QC.: NOVEMBER 16, 2015 -- Doctor Justin Ross, right, discuss nutritional approaches with James Williams, centre, and his stepson, patient Alexander Trapper, left, on Monday November 16, 2015, at the Mistissini Walk In Clinic, in Mistissini, Quebec. Despite a relatively stocked grocery store in town, the lack of fresh vegetables up north is a fact and contributes to a meat based diet, with all the medical consequences related to it.

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MISTISSINI, QC.: NOVEMBER 16, 2015 -- Doctor Justin Ross, right, discuss nutritional approaches with James Williams, centre, and his stepson, patient Alexander Trapper, left, on Monday November 16, 2015, at the Mistissini Walk In Clinic, in Mistissini, Quebec. Despite a relatively stocked grocery store in town, the lack of fresh vegetables up north is a fact and contributes to a meat based diet, with all the medical consequences related to it.

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MISTISSINI, QC.: NOVEMBER 16, 2015 --Nurse Veronique Paquette, right prepares one of Dr.Ross patients, Ronita Iserhoff, centre, for her hemodialysis treatment on Monday November 16, 2015, at the walk-in clinic in Mistissini, Quebec. Official figures suggest that roughly 35% of the aboriginal population in Canada, is affected by diabetes. According to Doctor Justin Ross this chronic condition is widespread in Mistissini, making the clinic's Hemodialysis Departrment the busiest one.

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MISTISSINI, QC.: NOVEMBER 16, 2015 --Nurse Veronique Paquette, right prepares one of Dr.Ross patients, Ronita Iserhoff, centre, for her hemodialysis treatment on Monday November 16, 2015, at the walk-in clinic in Mistissini, Quebec. Official figures suggest that roughly 35% of the aboriginal population in Canada, is affected by diabetes. According to Doctor Justin Ross this chronic condition is widespread in Mistissini, making the clinic's Hemodialysis Departrment the busiest one.

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MISTISSINI, QC.: NOVEMBER 16, 2015 -- Doctor Justin Ross sips a coffee and plays with two "reserve dogs" on Monday November 16, 2015, in Mistissini, Quebec. He is on his way to the town's grocery store to look for some veggies, before heading back to the clinic. It is challenging even for a doctor to have a balanced diet in Mistissini. The abundance of wild meat often fills in for the lack of fresh vegetables. 

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MISTISSINI, QC.: NOVEMBER 16, 2015 -- Doctor Justin Ross sips a coffee and plays with two "reserve dogs" on Monday November 16, 2015, in Mistissini, Quebec. He is on his way to the town's grocery store to look for some veggies, before heading back to the clinic. It is challenging even for a doctor to have a balanced diet in Mistissini. The abundance of wild meat often fills in for the lack of fresh vegetables. 

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MISTISSINI, QC.: NOVEMBER 16, 2015 -- Doctor Justin Ross briefs two new "resident" doctors on Monday November 16, 2015.  The two physicians recently completed their academic studies at the McGill Medical School in Montreal, and will finalize their degree through a work placement at the Mistissini walk in clinic.

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MISTISSINI, QC.: NOVEMBER 16, 2015 -- Doctor Justin Ross briefs two new "resident" doctors on Monday November 16, 2015.  The two physicians recently completed their academic studies at the McGill Medical School in Montreal, and will finalize their degree through a work placement at the Mistissini walk in clinic.

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MISTISSINI, QC.: NOVEMBER 16, 2015 -- Doctor Justin Ross chats through Skype with his wife in New York, on Monday November 16, 2015, in Mistissini, Quebec. His days during the fall and the winter are paced by his profession and shaken by the emergencies, while in the summer there is more room for outdoor activities and social life. "I dunno for how long I will be able to live this type of life. I love my job and this community, my wife is in New York though..." He said. "I don't want to work as a physician in the States, the risk of getting sued is too high, " he continued before wishing his wife a good night.

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MISTISSINI, QC.: NOVEMBER 16, 2015 -- Doctor Justin Ross chats through Skype with his wife in New York, on Monday November 16, 2015, in Mistissini, Quebec. His days during the fall and the winter are paced by his profession and shaken by the emergencies, while in the summer there is more room for outdoor activities and social life. "I dunno for how long I will be able to live this type of life. I love my job and this community, my wife is in New York though..." He said. "I don't want to work as a physician in the States, the risk of getting sued is too high, " he continued before wishing his wife a good night.

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