The Grand Council of the Crees

Grand Chief Mukash and Minister Kelley Reaffirm their Commitment to Working Together

Grand Chief Mukash and Minister Kelley Reaffirm their Commitment to Working Together

Posted: 2005-09-28

Nemaska, Eeyou Isstchee (September 28, 2005) --- In a letter sent today to the Minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs for Quebec, Mr. Geoffrey Kelley, the newly elected Grand Chief of the Cree Nation, Mr. Matthew Mukash has confirmed that the Crees will continue working towards building a strong and fruitful relationship with the government of Quebec.

Both Grand Chief Mukash and Minister Kelley have agreed that good relations must be maintained between the government of Quebec and the Cree Nation, and that agreements reached between the Cree Nation and Quebec over the last few years need to be fully implemented.

Grand Chief Mukash intends to meet shortly with Minister Kelley to exchange views on a variety of matters and to discuss mutual objectives for the future.

Grand Chief Mukash has pointed out in his letter that the recent report from Radio-Canada implying that the Crees would be contemplating breaching their signature under the New Relationship Agreement with Quebec (commonly known as the Paix des Braves) is erroneous. This report referred to comments made by Grand Chief Mukash without setting out the context in which these comments were made. "The Cree Nation has always respected its undertakings in the past and will continue to do so in the future" stated Grand Chief Mukash.