The Grand Council of the Crees and the James Bay Cree People, Eenou, are mourning the death of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, and express our deepest condolences to the people of South Africa.
NEMASKA, EEYOU ISTCHEE (QUEBEC), December 5, 2013: Strateco Resources today commenced new legal proceedings against Quebec Environment Minister Yves-François Blanchet, seeking to nullify the Minister’s recent refusal to issue an authorization for the Matoush advanced uranium exploration project. The new proceedings also request that the Court force the Minister to grant an authorization for the Matoush project.
A contest has been opened for the design of the logo of the Eeyou Istchee James Bay Regional Government (Regional Government).
The logo should be inspired by the dual nature and representation of the Regional Government (Cree and Jamésiens) and the specific characteristics of the Eeyou Istchee James Bay territory.
The Crees and Inuit decided to use the courts to defend their rights over their traditional territories in Eeyou Istchee and Northern Quebec, against the on-going construction of the La Grande Complex and the plans of Quebec to build two other massive hydroelectric complexes (Great Whale River and the NBR Project). After 6 months of testimony before Justice Malouf by the Crees and the Inuit and on the basis of the arguments put forward by their respective legal teams led by James O’Reilly and John Lemieux, an interlocutory injunction was granted ceasing the work on the Complex.
NEMASKA, EEYOU ISTCHEE (QUEBEC), November 11, 2013: The James Bay Cree Nation welcomes the decision of Quebec Minister of the Environment Yves-François Blanchet to refuse to issue a certificate of authorization for Strateco Resources Inc.’s Matoush advanced uranium exploration project. Strateco announced this morning that it had been notified of the Minister’s decision on Friday November 8.
October 30 and 31, 2013
The purpose of this information session will be to provide in-depth review of the agreements and the meaning they have for the Crees of Eeyou Istchee as we continue to develop our Governance and autonomy.
In response to this, the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) invited the Chiefs, Councillors, senior band office staff members and other senior staff from Cree regional entities.
This event will be broadcast live on Livestream, click on the link below to watch the event live tomorrow morning:
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Nishiyuu Walk from Whapmagoostui to Ottawa
A group of young men came together within the community of Whapmagoostui, on the east coast of Hudson Bay, to embark on a difficult journey.
They joined together in solidarity with other First Nations in Canada to express to the world their resolve to make a difference in support of better conditions for Aboriginal people in Canada and globally. They came together to promote protection of the environment and stewardship of the land for future generations of all descent, all around the world.
The young men were inspired by David Kawapit to walk a great distance across foreign terrain, facing extreme weather conditions along the way. They started from Whapmagoostui and walked 1,700 kilometers to Canada's National Capital of Ottawa. The group set out as just seven walkers and arrived in Ottawa weeks later with over 4,000 people who joined in support of their cause.
The Nishiyuu Walkers, through their heroics and leadership, inspired many Canadians from all walks of life to come together and express their solidarity, intent on creating a better future.
"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