My name is Philip Awashish. I am a Mistissini Eenou and a beneficiary of the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement. I am also a Commissioner on the Cree-Naskapi Commission.
In the early 1970s, I was one of the principal Cree negotiators for the Cree Nation of Eeyou Istchee in the negotiations leading to the signing of the 1975 James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement…Canada’s first modern day treaty. I am also an Eenou signatory to the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement.
The GCC(EI)/CNG’s Public Consultation on the Governance Agreement and the Cree Constitution will take place this evening in Chisasibi at 6PM.
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The Board of Directors of the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) and the Council of the Cree Nation Government
January 24-25, 2017
Eeyou Istchee James Bay Regional Government Meeting
January 25-26, 2017
The Agreement concerning a New Relationship between the Government of Canada and the Cree of Eeyou Istchee of 2008 sets out a process for negotiations leading to a Cree Nation Governance Agreement and a Cree Constitution. These negotiations have now been completed.
The final drafts of the Governance Agreement and Cree Constitution are available for consultation at the offices of the Cree First Nations. Consultations are currently taking place with the Cree beneficiaries, Cree First Nations and other Cree stakeholders. The Governance Agreement must be formally approved by resolution of each of the Cree First Nations and of the Cree Nation Government as well as by the Government of Canada before it is signed. Once these steps are completed, the Governance Agreement will take effect when the federal legislation approving it takes effect.
The Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee)/Cree Nation Government welcomes the announcement today by Premier Philippe Couillard of the establishment of an independent provincial commission of inquiry on relations between indigenous people and certain public services in Québec.
NEMASKA, Québec - DECEMBER 19, 2016 - Results of the Leaf River Caribou herd census conducted during the summer of 2016 combined with a recent fall classification census, revealed its population to be at a dangerous new low: 181,000. This figure is in stark contrast with the 2011 population census of 430,000. Given this new data, the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Isthee)/Cree Nation Government is urging the Quebec Government to close the 2017-2018 caribou sport hunt until the Leaf River Caribou herd has reached acceptable recovery numbers.
Welcome to the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) Web site, where we share with the world our vision for our nation. Here we explain to interested observers our culture, values, problems and hopes and describe our many political, cultural, social, economic and spiritual activities. In addition we offer readers links to major stories of aboriginal interest in other parts of Canada and around the world.
"This year marked the 40 th anniversary of the signa- ture of our Treaty—the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement, and provided us with an opportunity to re- view our achievements over that period of time, to ap- preciate how far we have come as a Nation, and to look forward to see what remains yet to be done." - Grand Chief/ Chairman Dr. Matthew Coon Come
"It is a pleasure to once again report on the progress the Cree Communities and the Cree Nation Government are making through our Nation- to-Nation partnership with the Government of Quebec affirmed in the New Relation- ship Agreement, often called the Paix des Braves, and the Governance Agreement." - Grand Chief/ Chairman Dr. Matthew Coon Come
"The Cree of Eeyou Istchee welcome the opportunity to provide our perspective on the Plan Nord. The Cree welcome responsible, sustainable development of our traditional lands, Eeyou Istchee. We want to be real partners in the development of our territory's vast potential. At the outset, one should recall certain key principles." - Grand Chief Dr. Matthew Coon Come