The CRA is the administrative arm of the Cree government. It has responsibilities in respect to environmental protection, the hunting, fishing and trapping regime (Section 22), economic and community development, the Board of Compensation, and other matters as decided by the board of directors. The Board of Directors is made up of the Chairman of the CRA, who is also the Grand Chief, Mathew Coon Come, and the Vice-Chairman Ashley Iserhoff, as well as the Chiefs of each of the nine Cree Communities, and one other person from each community delegated by the community.
The Headquarters of the CRA is located in Nemaska, James Bay, Quebec. In addition, there is also an office located at 277 Duke Street in Montréal. The CRA has departments of traditional pursuits, community services, and human resources development, and administrative services.
The Administrative Services Department maintains the corporate register for the CRA, it also provides administrative backup to all departments in terms of personel services, and financial administration.
The Community Services Department impliments initiatives in respect to the home care programs in the Cree Communities, the setup and operation of the Cree Tourism Association, and the Cree Crafts Association. In addition, this department provides support to the Cree communities in capital planning, and economic development.
We Crees have maintained a strong cultural and unshakable ecological and spiritual values derived from our thousands of years as hunters in the boreal forest of northern Quebec. These values are expressed by the words and images at this site.
The Department provides backup expertise to the Cree representatives on the various environmental and wildlife committees set up under the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement. It also provides similar expertise to the new Forest Management Regime set up by the 2002 New Agreement with Quebec and to the Nadoshtin Corporation, which is concerned with environmental and other impacts of the EM1 Project. In addition, the department works in close cooperation with the Cree communities and Cree entities (both local and regional) in the writing of impact reports or the studies and works that are done in respect to local environmental matters.
The Cree Regional Authority Department of Economic Development is managed by the Community Services Agency. There are five Cree regional entities concerned with economic development
The Human Resources Development Department delivers programs in respect to the training of Cree individuals so that they may take advantage of employment opportunities within the Cree communities and within the James Bay Territory. The Department works with the local management board concerning training needs of the Cree Communities, and with the Cree / Canada Territorial Special Initiatives Program in respect to training for employment opportunities created by development in the territory. The department also administers certain aspects of urban programs for Cree individuals. In the nine cree communities, the department administers the employment insurance program, maintains a database on Cree training and employment and as well, provides local people with information about job opportunities in the community, in the territory, and elsewhere.
The Department of Traditional Pursuits provides professional advice to the nine cree communities, in respect to the planning of local projects, and environmental protection. In addition, it supports Cree initiatives concerning the implimentation of sustainable forestry practices, mining, and hydroelectric development. The Traditional Pursuits Department works with the Local Environment Administrators and with the cree members of the environmental and social protection regime set out in Section 22 of the James Bay Northern Quebec Agreement.