The Grand Council of the Crees

Critical Issues

Referendum for an Agreement Concerning a New Relationship

On July 16, 2007, then Grand Chief Mathew Mukash of the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) and the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, on behalf of the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, announced that the Chief Federal Negotiator and the Chief Cree Negotiator had concluded, subject to approvals by Canada and by the Cree, a proposed Agreement concerning a New Relationship between the Government of Canada and the Cree of Eeyou Istchee (the proposed Agreement).

Notice is hereby given of a vote by Referendum of the Cree on whether to approve the proposed Agreement.

The Referendum Question will be as follows:

Do you approve the proposed Agreement concerning a New Relationship between the Government of Canada and the Cree of Eeyou Istchee?

Yes/No.

Any person whose name appears on the Register of Cree beneficiaries maintained by the Province of Quebec pursuant to Sub-section 3.5 of the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement (JBNQA) and who is at least eighteen (18) years of age on the last day of the Referendum Period (namely, October 12, 2007) is an Eligible Voter in this Referendum. An Eligible Voters List has been established. Any person may enquire of Mr. Frederick Moar, Local Referendum Officer, at the address, phone/fax numbers or e-mail address listed at point 14 of this Notice, to find out if their name is on the Eligible Voters List.

The Referendum Period will begin on August 6, 2007 and end on October 12, 2007, unless extended by
the Chief Referendum Officer in accordance with the Referendum Rules as a result of a rescheduling of
any poll due to unforeseen circumstances.