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Opinion: Cree governance accord with Canada is reconciliation in action

By Grand Chief Matthew Coon Come, Published In The Globe and Mail July 20, 2017

On Tuesday, July 18, I signed the Agreement on Cree Nation Governance with Indigenous and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett. I said at the time that this agreement remains faithful to the Cree vision embodied in our treaty, the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement, signed with Canada and Quebec in 1975.

What was this vision?

It has always been one of Cree self-government and self determination. The Cree have always seen our treaty as an emancipation from the Indian Act. But, more than that, we have seen the treaty as a means to regain Cree self-government in Eeyou Istchee.

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Cree Nation Governance Agreement

Official Signing Ceremony - July 18, 2017

The Agreement on Cree Nation Governance (Governance Agreement) flows from the Agreement concerning a New Relationship between the Government of Canada and the Cree of Eeyou Istchee of 2008, which sets out a process for negotiations leading to a Cree Nation Governance Agreement and a Cree Constitution. These negotiations were completed in the autumn of 2016, and were followed by extensive consultations with the Cree beneficiaries, Cree First Nations and other interested Cree parties in Eeyou Istchee. The Governance Agreement and the Cree Constitution have been formally approved by resolution of each of the Cree First Nations and of the Cree Nation Government. Canada also approved the Governance Agreement and authorized its signature. After the signing, the Agreement will take effect when its implementing federal legislation comes into force.


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Results as received from Chief Electoral Officer.

An official notice making these results official and announcing if a run-off will be necessary shall be announced shortly.

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Tide is turning on Canada’s relationship with Indigenous people

The Globe and Mail Opinion Article by Grand Chief Matthew Coon Come

"We have in our own way carried out a revolution. We have successfully conducted our own process of decolonization and we have begun to regain our original sovereignty in a contemporary context – a process that in other parts of the world has required armed struggle. We have done this in Canada yet the sky has not fallen." - Grand Chief Matthew Coon Come


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GCC(EI)/CNG 2015-2016 Annual Report

The 2015-2016 GCC(EI)/CNG 2015-2016 Annual Report

"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

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Eenou Eeyou Annual Report 2014-2015

Eenou Eeyou Annual Report 2014-2015

"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

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Forestry Roads L-209, E-West by Barrette-Chapais Forestry Roads H-West and I by Matériaux Blanchet

James Bay Cree Against Uranium

GCC CNG Annual Report 2014-2015

GCC CRA Annual Report 2014-2015

Cree Vision of Plan Nord

"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