The Board of Directors of the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) and the Council of the Cree Nation Government
January 24-25, 2017
Eeyou Istchee James Bay Regional Government Meeting
January 25-26, 2017
The Agreement concerning a New Relationship between the Government of Canada and the Cree of Eeyou Istchee of 2008 sets out a process for negotiations leading to a Cree Nation Governance Agreement and a Cree Constitution. These negotiations have now been completed.
The final drafts of the Governance Agreement and Cree Constitution are available for consultation at the offices of the Cree First Nations. Consultations are currently taking place with the Cree beneficiaries, Cree First Nations and other Cree stakeholders. The Governance Agreement must be formally approved by resolution of each of the Cree First Nations and of the Cree Nation Government as well as by the Government of Canada before it is signed. Once these steps are completed, the Governance Agreement will take effect when the federal legislation approving it takes effect.
The Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee)/Cree Nation Government welcomes the announcement today by Premier Philippe Couillard of the establishment of an independent provincial commission of inquiry on relations between indigenous people and certain public services in Québec.
NEMASKA, Québec - DECEMBER 19, 2016 - Results of the Leaf River Caribou herd census conducted during the summer of 2016 combined with a recent fall classification census, revealed its population to be at a dangerous new low: 181,000. This figure is in stark contrast with the 2011 population census of 430,000. Given this new data, the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Isthee)/Cree Nation Government is urging the Quebec Government to close the 2017-2018 caribou sport hunt until the Leaf River Caribou herd has reached acceptable recovery numbers.
The Cree Nation stands with the AFNQL, AFN, QNWA, City of Val-d'Or, Parti Québécois, Québec Solidaire, trade unions and NGOs in calling for an independent provincial inquiry to look into relations between indigenous people, the police and the justice system. Only this will fix a system that is broken.
Quebec must demonstrate its commitment to equal justice for all and address systemic racism underlying police discrimination by launching an independent provincial inquiry without further delay. The Cree Nation is prepared to work with the Government of Quebec to do the right thing.
The GCC(EI)/CNG is concerned about the interpretation of certain provisions of Bill 102, in respect of their applicability in the territory subject to Section 22 of the JBNQA. For example, for the GCC(EI)/CNG, it is clear that the existing provisions of the Environment Quality Act regarding the Bureau d’audience publiques en environnement (BAPE), as well as the new provisions proposed in Bill 102 relating to the framework for the conduct of strategic environmental assessments (SEAs) and the Strategic Environmental Assessment Advisory Committee (SEAAC), are inapplicable in JBNQA territory. However, there have been situations in the past where the GCC(EI)/CNG was confronted with a different interpretation regarding the applicability in JBNQA territory of legislative provisions of this kind.
"When a young woman in Quebec City alleges to being the victim of sexual assault by a Liberal MNA, the Quebec government quickly reacts by announcing a 5-year strategic plan geared towards consultations and programs to counter sexual assaults on campuses with a price tag of $200 million dollars. When journalists discover that they are being spied on by the SPVM, the Quebec government again quickly kicks into high gear and announces that an inquiry will be launched to explore what happened here. The double standard could not be more striking. How are we, as Indigenous leaders, to explain the double standard to our people?"
“The Indigenous women who bravely spoke out against abuse and systemic racism within police forces feel that the justice system has let them down. And many Indigenous people feel that the justice system has failed them, once again. The Government of Québec cannot stay idle. Working tables and discussions won’t satisfy us. We reiterate our demand that the Quebec Government launch a Provincial Judicial Inquiry into police misconduct towards Indigenous women without further delay.” – Grand Chief Dr. Matthew Coon Come.
As hunters are returning home with the Fall harvests to feed their families during the cold months ahead, it is in these moments that we are reminded of the prosperity of our land and culture. The tallymen and hunters who have carefully been managing the land have been the essence of our survival for thousands of years. The hunting, fishing and trapping activities of our families are a way of life.
NEMASKA, QUÉBEC (October 6, 2016) - The Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) and the Cree Nation Government (GCC(EI)/CNG) are pleased with the initiative of the Québec government, and particularly the Minister of Justice, to have legal effects of customary adoptions clearly reflected in the Civil Code of Quebec through Bill 113 (“An Act to amend the Civil Code and other legislative provisions as regards adoption and the disclosure of information”) (Bill 113), tabled in the National Assembly on October 6, 2016.
The Ungava Peninsula Caribou Aboriginal Roundtable (UPCART) is pleased to report that their sixth meeting held at Indian House Lake on the George River September 7th, 8th and 9th, 2016 was a success.
Grand Council Of The Crees (Eeyou Istchee)/ Cree Nation Government Maintains Call Upon Quebec For A Provincial Judicial Inquiry To Examine The Relationship Between Public Security Forces And Indigenous Women
"The allegations of police misconduct toward indigenous women that surfaced in Val d’Or and in many other communities, and what continues to happen across the country, are appalling, but even more so if we fail to take resolute and specific action to hold those responsible accountable and to prevent such abuse in the future. As mentioned many times since October, I will stand with anyone who will work towards bringing an end to violence against First Nations women and girls." – Grand Chief Dr. Matthew Coon
We commend Canada for announcing unqualified support for the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. I would like to lift up Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and Minister Carolyn Bennett for their statements. This is a critical step to achieving a just and lasting reconciliation between Indigenous peoples and Canada. Now, we look forward to the hard work of translating that expression of support into action as full partners, both in Canada and internationally.
Following the release of the COMEX report regarding the proposed construction of two major access roads in sections H west and I on Waswanipi territory, and the certificate of authorization issued for these projects, the Cree First Nation of Waswanipi is satisfied that the approval of these roads in the Broadback Forest will not encroach on its proposed protected area.
A private member’s bill is being presented to Parliament on Thursday April 21 by NDP MP Romeo Saganash. The bill calls for a full and comprehensive implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) brought to light past Canadian policies and practices toward indigenous peoples that remain in urgent need of redress, as the recent suicide epidemics underscore.
A private member’s bill to be presented to Parliament Thursday by NDP MP Romeo Saganash presents an opportunity to reject the colonial past in favour of a contemporary approach based on justice, equality, respect for human rights and good faith. The bill calls for the adoption of a legislative framework to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unpfii/documents/DRIPS_en.pdf.<
Eeyou Istchee James Bay Regional Government Meeting/ Gouvernement regional d’Eeyou Istchee Baie-James Wednesday, March 23 (afternoon) and Thursday, March 24 (morning), 2016
The James Bay Cree Nation has commenced an action in the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario, to obtain recognition of the Cree Nation’s Aboriginal title and Aboriginal rights over its traditional territory in northern Ontario, Eeyou Istchee - Ontario. The lawsuit, filed against the governments of Canada and Ontario, seeks declarations of Aboriginal title (on a shared basis with other Aboriginal nations) and Aboriginal rights over approximately 48,000 square kilometres of lands located south of James Bay and immediately west of the Ontario-Quebec boundary. In addition, the lawsuit claims damages of $495 million for past breaches of the Cree Nation’s rights in relation to these lands.
The Department of Commerce and Industry is proud to partner with Emploi-Québec and offer training in Strategic Marketing, in English. The training is a one day session offered to all English speaking business people.
“Make no mistake, we do not pretend to have solved the matter and that it is now over. The revelations began with three women bravely coming forward. As of today, more than a dozen women have come forward. Reports of abuse continue to come in from other regions, including Cree territory. This is not just a Val d’Or problem. It does not belong only to Val d’Or. This is systemic. This belongs to everyone. Quebec must take position on these matters of public security.” – Grand Chief Dr. Matthew Coon Come
The Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee)/Cree Nation Government Council/Board Meeting November 17, 18 (9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon), 2015 Chibougamau, Quebec and th eEeyou Istchee James Bay Regional Government Meeting/Gouvernement regional d’Eeyou Istchee Baie-James November 18, 2015 (afternoon session) and November 19, 2015
Québec City, November 6th, 2015 – The Environmental and Social Impact Review Committee (COMEX) announces that it will hold a public hearing on the construction of a forest access road in Sections H West and I proposed by Matériaux Blanchet Inc., that represents the following companies: Scierie Landrienne, Tembec, Eacom Timber Corporation, Produits forestiers Résolus and Matériaux Blanchet inc. The purpose of the hearings is to allow citizens to learn about the project itself, the environmental impact assessment and review procedure, and COMEX’s role. It also enables COMEX to receive opinions and comments on the project and documents submitted by the proponent to the Administrator of Section 22 of the James Bay and Northern Québec Agreement.
“We do not only want a declaration of support. We want to see concrete action and assurances that our families are safe. The onus is not only on us to find solutions, but on the municipal, provincial, and federal governments to stand with these brave women and bring the support needed.” – Grand Chief Dr. Matthew Coon Come
NEMASKA, EEYOU ISTCHEE, QC, Oct. 28, 2015 /CNW/ - The Youth of the Cree Nation of Mistissini will today receive international recognition for their outstanding efforts against uranium development on Cree lands, at the Nuclear-Free Future Awards in Washington, D.C. Shawn Iserhoff, Justice Debassige, Desmond Michel and Kayleigh Spencer are being recognized for their leadership role in the Cree Nation's successful stand against uranium in Eeyou Istchee. They will be accepting the award on behalf of the Mistissini Youth at a ceremony to be held today at the House of Representatives on Capitol Hill.
NEMASKA, Eeyou Istchee (October 23, 2015) - It is with anger, shame and pain that the Cree Nation witnesses the exposure of the systemic abuse that First Nation Women are suffering at the hands of the people mandated with protecting the vulnerable and ensuring the safety of all people. Before addressing the abuses that are committed against First Nations Women, the Cree Nation would like to honor, Bianca Moushoun, Priscilla Papatie and Angela King for their extreme bravery in coming forward to denounce Officers of the Sûreté du Québec (SQ). It is only with the strength and bravery of women like this, are we to have a chance at ensuring that those who would prey on the vulnerable and apparently defenseless members of communities will be brought to justice.
THE FEDERAL ELECTION IS TODAY. There are many ridings across the country where the indigenous vote can have a major bearing on the outcome of the election. This is true for our riding—the riding of Abitibi-Baie-James-Nunavik-Eeyou where Romeo Saganash is running for re-election as our Member of Parliament.
If Romeo is re-elected we will then have a Cree voice in the Parliament of Canada and a voice in decisions which affect indigenous people across the country.
The Cree Nation Government endorses and supports Romeo Saganash in his campaign to be re-elected. Again, Romeo is running as a member of the New Democratic Party.
Register to vote and let us together make history by re-electing Romeo Saganash. To register, simply ask your Band Office for a letter of confirmation of residence and ask where to vote.
NEMASKA, Québec, October 13, 2015 – Today, Rodney Mark, Deputy Grand Chief of the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) and Vice-Chairman of the Cree Nation Government, inaugurated the Justice Facility in the community of Nemaska in the presence of the Minister of Justice, Attorney General of Québec and Minister responsible for the Status of Women, Stéphanie Vallée, the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Geoffrey Kelley, and the Member for Ungava, Jean Boucher, as well as members of the respective communities, members of the Judiciary and other distinguished guests.
The Grand Council of Crees (Eeyou Istchee)/Cree Nation Government Annual General Assembly will be held on August 4, 5, 6, 2015 in Ouje-Bougoumou, Eeyou Istchee
Watch the Annual General Assembly livestream: https://livestream.com/accounts/8792434/CNGAnnualGeneralAssembly.
NEMASKA, EEYOU ISTCHEE, QC, July 30, 2015 /CNW/ - The James Bay Cree Nation reaffirms its commitment to achieve full recognition of Cree ancestral rights in Ontario and Labrador, following the decision issued by the Federal Court of Canada on July 28, 2015 in a lawsuit known as Coon Come no. 3. This lawsuit involves claims by the Cree Nation regarding unsettled aboriginal rights and title in parts of Ontario and Labrador. In the decision released on Tuesday, the Federal Court ruled in favour of the Cree Nation, and rejected the request of the Government of Canada that these claims be struck in their entirety.
Watch the Council Board Meeting in Chapais live at: http://livestream.com/accounts/8792434/CNGCouncilBoard.
There are significant achievements that we all celebrate. There are also substandard actions that serve to undermine Indigenous Peoples' rights and the UN Declaration. Such conduct often entails the very serious challenge of "rights ritualism" – "a way of embracing the language of human rights precisely to deflect real human rights scrutiny and to avoid accountability for human rights abuses"
Québec City - (July 13, 2015): The Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee)/Cree Nation Government is pleased to announce the signature with the Government of Québec today of the Agreement to Resolve the Baril-Moses Forestry Dispute.
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA AND WEMINDJI, QUÉBEC (June 19, 2015) - Goldcorp Inc. (TSX: G, NYSE: GG), the Cree Nation of Wemindji, the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) and the Cree Nation Government publicly released the Opinagow Collaboration Agreement (excluding its financial terms) today, making certain details of the agreement related to the development and operation of Goldcorp’s Eleonore mine accessible to the public.
Signed by Quebec Natural Resources Minister Gilles Baril and Grand Chief Ted Moses, this Agreement details how forestry operations are to be conducted on 14 Cree traplines covering 7245 km2 east of the Mistissini/Oujé-Bougoumou height of land. This represents approximately 25% of Forest Management Unit (FMU) 025-51.
The Chief Forester of Quebec has just published his analysis of the impact of present and past forestry practices on the Woodland Caribou. The main findings reported by the Chief Forester reflect the following factual situation.
Quebec City, Quebec – The Cree Nation has kept uranium in the spotlight this week, hosting the International Uranium Film Festival and participating in the World Uranium Symposium in Quebec City. The Cree Nation’s position against uranium development in Eeyou Istchee, its territory in Northern Quebec, has garnered support not only from the people of Quebec, but also from the national and international experts and celebrities gathered this week for both events.
QUEBEC CITY, April 3, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - The International Uranium Film Festival will be held in Quebec City this year from April 15 to 25. Over 50 films about the nuclear age will be screened throughout the ten-day festival at the Concorde Hotel on Grande Allée. Opening night festivities on April 15 promise to be vibrant, with a spectacular circus performance, surprise cocktails and various uranium-related events.
Message from the Cree Nation:
We were shocked and devastated to learn about the tragic accident resulting in the loss of five of our Cree youth in a fire while hunting. We have lost David Jimiken, Emmett Coonishish, Chiiwetin Coonishish, Kevin Loon and Charlie Gunner.
On behalf of the entire Cree Nation, I extend our deepest condolences to the families and to the community of Mistissini who must all now find a source of compassion and strength to endure this terrible tragedy and to support one another in a journey of healing.
"I always had the utmost respect for the territory; it has provided for so many people. The river provided a good life for the people. Game converged here. Beaver seemed to love being on the river, and there were lots of fish, partridge, bear and moose."
- Eastmain elder, Harry Moses
In an historic meeting held yesterday between the Cree Nation of Eeyou Istchee and Pekuakamiulnuatsh Takuhikan, parties discussed several issues of common interest and concern in a spirit of harmony and based on the common bonds of Indigenous brotherhood. They agreed to work on the renewal of formal links of discussion, which already existed in the past, and they are ready to work actively to find solutions to the actual issues that need to be oriented or resolved.
The Grand Chief stated, “We are pleased that we have agreed with Québec on a mediation mandate for Mr. Bouchard to resolve this dispute of vital importance for the traditional Cree way of life. I wish to acknowledge the openness of Premier Couillard in ensuring that this mediation can move forward. I have told him that the Cree will work with Mr. Bouchard and with Québec to find constructive solutions.”
On January 23, the Government of Québec announced a mediation mandate for Lucien Bouchard. However, discussions with the Cree regarding this mandate were not completed when this announcement was made.
The Cree Nation Government thus wishes to clarify that it has not given its consent to the terms of the mediation mandate of Mr. Bouchard announced on January 23.
Montreal (Quebec), December 15, 2014 /CNW/ - At the final public hearings of the Bureau d’audiences publiques sur l’environnement (BAPE) on the uranium industry in Quebec, to be held today in Montreal, the James Bay Cree Nation will deliver a resounding and united message of opposition to uranium development in their territory, Eeyou Istchee. The Cree Nation, which has led the charge against uranium development, has been joined in this position by the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador and the Inuit of northern Quebec, who will also make presentations to the BAPE today.
Last Friday, December 12, Augusto Williamson Diaz passed away in Guatamala. Augusto was well respected among those involved in the advocacy of human and indigenous rights in the late 1980's and 1990's. A visionary and powerful spiritual force, Augusto fought for the rights of all indigenous peoples internationally at the United Nations by bringing indigenous rights to the forefront .
Join the StandAgainstUranium marchers as they make their way to the BAPE hearings in Montreal on December 15.
When: December 15 @ 9:30
Where: Metro Papineau (on boul. de Maisonneuve)
Why: To StandAgainstUranium with the youth of the Cree Nation and to send a strong message to the BAPE and the Government of Quebec
Quebec City (Quebec), December 5, 2014 /CNW/ - After 13 days and 600 kilometres, the StandAgainstUranium march has today reached Quebec City. The Cree youth are visiting the National Assembly and meeting with representatives from all political parties, to deliver the marchers’ message: the Cree Nation is opposed to uranium exploration and mining on their territory, Eeyou Istchee.
ROBERVAL, December 1, 2014 – After 8 days of walking to protest uranium mining, Cree Nation youth are now travelling through the Lac-Saint-Jean region. They have already travelled over 350 kilometres from Mistissini, where the Cree Nation’s fight against uranium mining first began. The march aims to send a clear message to the Quebec government that the Cree Nation is opposed to uranium mining on their territory, Eeyou Istchee. The march also provides Quebecers from across the province an opportunity to show their support for the Cree’s stance.
Timothy Whiskeychan comes from a long line of artists from Waskaganish and from an even longer line of artists from all of the Cree communities. Among them, John Blueboy the creator of the artisanal tamarack goose.
There is no teacher better than life on the land. Tim’s works reveal a feeling for this way of life.
MISTISSINI, EEYOU ISTCHEE (Quebec), November 23, 2014 – The Cree Nation Youth Council today launches the StandAgainstUranium solidarity march, to send a strong message to the Quebec government, that the Cree Nation opposes uranium development on their land, Eeyou Istchee. The march will also provide an opportunity for Quebeckers from across the province to show their support for the Crees’ stand.
(MISTISSINI, EEYOU ISTCHEE (Quebec), November 14, 2014 – The final phase of the hearings of the Bureau d’audiences publiques sur l’environnement (BAPE) on the uranium industry in Quebec opened this week in Eeyou Istchee, the territory of the James Bay Cree Nation. During hearings in Chisasibi and Mistissini, Cree community members and Cree leaders from across the territory relayed once again their united stand against uranium development.
“After following the first two phases of the BAPE process, the Cree Nation is convinced, now more than ever, of the significant long-term risks that uranium development would bring to our land,” stated Grand Chief Dr. Matthew Coon Come. “We are not prepared to impose such burdens on our future generations.”
(Sydney, Australia, November 14, 2014) Rodney Mark, Deputy Grand Chief for the Cree Nation presented his Government’s vision for land stewardship and conservation in Eeyou Istchee (Crees’ traditional territory in northern Québec) to a worldwide audience at the International Union for Conservation (IUCN) World Parks Congress.
Nemaska (Québec), November 7, 2014 – The Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee), the Cree Nation Government, the Cree Nation of Nemaska and Nemaska Lithium Inc. announce that they have entered into the Chinuchi Agreement on November 7, 2014 regarding the development and operation of Nemaska Lithium’s project in Eeyou Istchee, a lithium open-pit mine in the traditional territory of the Cree Nation of Nemaska.
The James Bay Cree Nation has today launched the People’s Board, the latest addition to its website and social media campaign #StandAgainstUranium. The People’s Board is an online platform where Crees and the broader public can share their opinions, post photos and videos, and demonstrate their support for the Cree Nation’s stand against uranium.
NEMASKA, EEYOU ISTCHE (Quebec) October 7, 2014 – The James Bay Cree Nation has today launchedstandagainsturanium.com and #standagainsturanium, a website and social media campaign expressing the Crees’ firm opposition to uranium development in their territory of Eeyou Istchee. The website serves to inform the Crees, as well as the broader public in Quebec and elsewhere, about the risks associated with uranium mining. Standagainsturanium.com is also intended to provide a forum for the public to share their opinions, post photos and videos, and demonstrate their support for the Cree Nation’s fight to stop uranium development in Eeyou Istchee.
MISTISSINI, QUÉBEC (October 7, 2014) The Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee), the Cree Nation Government and the Cree Nation of Mistissini are pleased to announce that they have signed a pre-development agreement regarding the future exploration and pre-development of the Troilus Project in Eeyou Istchee with 8815046 Canada Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Copper One.
WENDAKE, QC, Sept. 25, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - At a workshop on uranium development hosted by the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador (AFNQL) today, First Nations from across the province reaffirmed their opposition to uranium development on their territories and throughout Quebec. The workshop brought together representatives of First Nations from across Quebec to discuss the future of uranium development in Quebec.
Mistissini (Eeyou Itshee), September 3, 2014—On the occasion of the hearings by the Bureau d’audiences publiques sur l’environnement (BAPE) in Eeyou Istchee this week, the Cree Nation reaffirms its strong opposition to uranium development, and its commitment to ensuring that its territory of Eeyou Istchee remains free of uranium mining activities.
Nemaska, Eeyou Istchee (September 3, 2014) --- On May 28th 2014, the Cree Nation Government received a letter from the IUCN Director General Julia Marton-Lefèvre announcing its admission to the Union.
The Cree Nation Government is proud to be part of such an influential network and hope to add value to this organization by participating in various assignments such as the Working Group on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples.
A recent RCMP report identified more than 1,000 aboriginal girls and women gone missing or murdered over the past few decades. Whenever there is a disproportionate targeting of a specific and identifiable sector of our population for rape, murder and sex trafficking, then it becomes a public and a national issue. What has happened to Tina and more than 1,000 women is not just an aboriginal issue; it’s an issue that all Canadians must take seriously and grapple with. As the police officer who found Tina’s body said: “Society should be horrified.”
Wednesday, September 3 @ 7pm
Thursday September 4 @ 9am, 1pm and 7pm
Friday, September 5 @ 9am
Hearings will be held at the Neoskweskau Sports Complex in Mistissini. Simultaneous videoconferences will be held at the Mitchuap Building in Chisasibi and the Hôtel de Ville in Chibougamau.
Come to listen, ask questions and share your concerns. Let’s oppose uranium once and for all!
The Cree, Inuit and Naskapi scored an important victory on August 4, 2014, when the Québec Court of Appeal declared the provincial government had violated their treaty rights when it set caribou sport hunting levels and dates in Northern Québec for the 2011-2012 season.
Judgment: Corporation Makivik c. Québec (Procureure générale), 2014 QCCA 1455, http://canlii.ca/t/g8gdt
WASWANIPI, EEYOU ISTCHEE (QUEBEC), AUGUST 8, 2014: The James Bay Cree Nation yesterday reaffirmed its commitment to ensuring that their territory of Eeyou Istchee remains free of uranium exploration, mining and waste emplacement activities. In a resolution passed unanimously at the Annual General Assembly held in Waswanipi, the Cree Nation reaffirmed the permanent moratorium on uranium development in Eeyou Istchee that was originally enacted in August 2012.
The 37th Annual General Assembly 2014 has begun.
KITIGAN ZIBI-(Maniwaki, Quebec), July 8, 2014: Gino Odjick former NHL player from Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg is in a fight for his life; battling serious health issues. The friends and supporters of his First Nation community and the town of Maniwaki have gathered behind Gino Odjick to show their love and support by declaring July 25, 2014 “GINODAY- JOURNÉE GINO-GINOKIJIGAD”. On this day, a Golf Tournament will be held at the Club de Golf Algonquin, located in Messines, Quebec and a Music Event at L’Auberge du Draveur, located in Maniwaki, Quebec. Special guests have been invited to attend this event and anyone wanting to join in this day of support to Gino Odjick is welcomed to participate.
Earlier today representatives of the Cree Nation Government/Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) announced their support and sponsorship of a youth canoe expedition in support of the campaign to protect the Broadback River and surrounding watershed. The 2014 Broadback River Youth Expedition is being organized by the Cree Nation Government Environment and Remedial Works Department and the Cree Nation Government Youth Department and is scheduled to depart near the headwaters of the Broadback River on August 7th with its conclusion in Waskaganish on or about August 25th.
Since the signing of the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement in 1975, the Cree Nation has been on a path of modern Nation-building. We have accomplished much in a short span of time. We have, over the course of nearly forty years, put in place all the major building blocks for a strong indigenous Nation.
The Cree Development Corporation is a key component of this bold vision of the Cree future--a future where we Cree take full control of our economic destiny, a future where the political strength is matched by our economic strength. The Cree Nation has paved the way for building a strong economy.
The overall process surrounding the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline has failed to respect and protect the human rights of Indigenous peoples whose lands and waters would be affected by the project. Having reviewed the environmental impact assessment and the positions taken by affected First Nations, as well as the federal and provincial governments, our organizations conclude that this week’s conditional approval of the project by the federal government violates Canada’s legal obligations under both domestic and international law. Unfortunately, these serious concerns were only minimally addressed in the federally commissioned Eyford Report on the broader issue of West Coast energy infrastructure.1
Recent information has come to light concerning the arguments put forth by Rocco Galati to contest the nomination of The Honourable Robert Mainville to the Quebec Court of Appeal. According to research carried out by the distinguished constitutional legal expert, Me. James O'Reilly, Mr. Galati's contentions are misdirected against Judge Mainville's nomination to the Quebec Court of Appeal.
I am writing to you with regard to the recent article in last Saturday’s edition of the Globe and Mail concerning the appointment of the Honourable Robert Mainville to the Quebec Court of Appeal.
As Grand Chief of the Cree nation of Quebec (Eeyou Itchee) and former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, I welcome this appointment. Judge Mainville represented the Cree Nation and numerous other aboriginal nations in Quebec for most of his career as a lawyer. He has dedicated his entire life as a lawyer to defending the underprovided and the underrepresented, and he has done so with great success.
Ladies and gentlemen, Wachiya, bonjour, good day. I wish to thank the Secretariat of the Cree Nation Abitibi-Témiscamingue Economic Alliance and the Cree-Québec Forestry Board for the opportunity to share with you the Cree perspective on forestry and on how we can work together for a sustainable forestry sector in the Eeyou Istchee James Bay region.
In exploring this theme, I will speak of the Cree and our special relationship with the land, the forest and the animals of our homeland of Eeyou Istchee. I will touch on some of the major milestones in recent Cree history, including the James Bay and Northern Québec Agreement of 1975, the forestry disputes of the 1990's, the Paix des Braves of 2002 and its Adapted Forestry Regime, the recent Agreement on Governance, current developments and the way forward. To begin, a word about the Cree and our homeland of Eeyou Istchee.
MISTISSINI, EEYOU ISTCHEE (Quebec), June 6, 2014 – Public hearings on the uranium sector were held this week in Eeyou Istchee, co-chaired by the Bureau d’audiences publiques sur l’environnement (BAPE) and the James Bay Advisory Committee on the Environment (JBACE). At hearings in Chisasibi, Mistissini and Chibougamau, Cree citizens and leaders came out in large numbers to convey to the BAPE their serious concerns regarding uranium exploration and mining in their territory.
N'we Jinan meaning "Our home". Since it dropped on iTunes on May 27, it has reached #1 on the hip-hop category and number 8 overall in Canada! This success of this album under the aboriginal sector is unheard of! We are absolutely amazed of this achievement. I am super proud of our youth!
“We were hoping that a change of government would improve things. But we're under the radar, nobody cares about us,” said yesterday Strateco’s CEO, Guy Hébert, during the company’s shareholders’ meeting.
In May 2014, the Macdonald-Laurier Institute (MLI) published a paper by Professor Dwight Newman “The Rule and Role of Law: The Duty to Consult, Aboriginal Communities, and the Canadian Natural Resource Sector”.
MLI describes itself as “independent and non-partisan … prodding governments, opinion leaders and the general public to accept nothing but the very best public policy solutions for the challenges Canada faces.” Yet to a large degree, this paper does not exhibit these attributes. The analysis in Professor Newman’s paper is seriously flawed. The legal foundation and framework relating to Indigenous peoples’ rights and titles are inadequately described and taken into account. As a result, arguments are skewed in favour of non-Indigenous governments and resource development proponents.
The James Bay Advisory Committee on the Environment (JBACE) and the Bureau d'audiences publiques sur l'environnement (BAPE) have agreed on a protocol for determining the arrangements and procedures for the inquiry and public hearings on uranium exploration and mining to be held in the James Bay Territory. The purpose of the protocol is to ensure special involvement for the Crees in the consultation process, as stipulated in Section 22 of the James Bay and Northern Québec Agreement (JBNQA) and the agreement on a mandate to inquire into the uranium industry in Québec signed between the Québec government and the Crees of Québec in February 2014.
The mining company Strateco considers it pointless and damaging to hold a BAPE on the controversial uranium industry. If the government does not stop the work of this commission, the company intends to claim compensation of at least $ 125 million from the State as reimbursement of investments it says it made in its project in Quebec.
At the opening of this process, the Grand Chief of the Crees, Matthew Coon Come, wanted to speak first to send a clear signal to the Commission that his nation is firmly opposed to uranium exploitation on their land. “We are against uranium mining because the environmental and health risks are too high. This type of mine produces radioactive waste that remains toxic for hundreds of thousands of years,” he said, demanding that the question of “social acceptability” be at the core of the Commission’s work.
Good evening. I am the Grand Chief of the Cree Nation of Eeyou Istchee. I am very pleased to be here, at the very start of your mandate, to provide submissions to you on behalf of the Cree Nation. I know that the BAPE commission will be travelling to Eeyou Istchee several times over the course of the mandate, and I look forward to welcoming you to our communities. I know that you will hear from my people directly, about their opposition to uranium development activities in our territory.
I have chosen to travel to Montreal to present to you today, on the first day of your mandate, for several reasons.
First, I am here to affirm the Cree Nation’s position regarding uranium.
Activities are on hold in Strateco’s employee camp since Quebec put the brakes on all uranium development.
The special theme at this year's 13th session is "Principles of good governance consistent with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples". In this regard, see the attached Joint Statement of the GCCEI and other Indigenous and human rights organizations.
(Québec) You can get used to anything, even to failure. And if a conclusion can be drawn from Canada's efforts to improve the fate of Aboriginal nations, it is that we are looking at a failure.
VIDEO PRESS RELEASE CONCERNING "PROJECT AMISK" By the Department of the Eeyou Eenou Police Force
In commenting on the results of the election Dr. Coon Come stated: “On behalf of the entire Cree Nation I wish to congratulate Mr. Couillard on his victory. We look forward to continuing our efforts to work together on issues of mutual concern and to do so with the same spirit of creativity with which we have addressed issues together in the past. Our collective initiatives have often resulted in solutions which address Cree concerns, while simultaneously benefitting all the peoples in our region and which ultimately have been positive for Quebeckers as a whole. This is the direction we wish to keep going in.”
NEMASKA, EEYOU ISTCHEE (QUEBEC), March 3, 2014: The James Bay Cree Nation welcomes the announcement made today by Quebec Environment Minister Yves-François Blanchet of the mandate granted to the Bureau d’audiences publiques sur l’environnement (BAPE) to conduct province-wide public hearings regarding the uranium sector in Quebec.
Once again, Thomas Berger is at the centre of a case that questions whether only one understanding of development will rule, or whether justice demands negotiation among alternatives. In the 1970s Mackenzie Valley Pipeline Inquiry that he chaired, Berger balanced the realities and priorities of the petroleum industry against those of people still living in direct relations with the land. The details in this case, involving the Peel River watershed in the Yukon, are different. But the principles at stake are the same, and bear on all Canadians -- even the world as a whole, facing environmental distress.
Today the World Resources Institute (WRI), Google, and a group of more than 40 partners, including Global Forest Watch Canada, launched Global Forest Watch (GFW), a dynamic online forest monitoring and alert system that empowers people everywhere to better manage forests. For the first time, Global Forest Watch unites the latest satellite technology, open data, and crowdsourcing to guarantee access to timely and reliable information about forests.
Abel Bosum, Cree Negotiator states, "The discussions were on the Governance Agreement, extension of Cree Nation jurisdiction through this agreement, boundaries for Cree Nation, implementation issues for the Eeyou Istchee
James Bay Regional Government, BAPE review process agreement on uranium, BallyHusky Impact Benefit Agreement with BlackRock Metals, Mistissini Agreement, Ouje-Bougoumou land transfer. These files were reviewed and which were mostly discussed and resolved in 2013".
"This Regional Government which we are inaugurating today reflects a vision of a new path for this region which was based on the noble principles of inclusiveness, democracy and social harmony. We all recognized the need for change in the way in which our region was governed so that all of us, together, would be able to see our communities grow, thrive and prosper. Our vision was to put into place a system of governance which was founded on the view that those of us living in this rich and diverse region have more in common with each other than there are things which divide us. Indeed, we began to see clearly that it was those very divisions that prevented us from coming together to build a unified region which could be stronger, healthier and which could create a brighter future for us all. We realized that the health of our separate futures requires the health of our collective future as well."
The Regional Government has been established pursuant to the Agreement on Governance in the Eeyou Istchee James Bay Territory signed by the Cree and Québec on July 24, 2012. The Regional Government offers a new model, for it is the first governance structure in Québec formally constituted with equal representation of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal populations. It will exercise powers of local and regional municipal governance, regional development and land and resource use planning over the Category III lands of the Eeyou Istchee James Bay region.
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The Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee), the Cree Regional Authority and the Cree Nation of Mistissini today filed a declaration of intervention in the legal proceedings recently commenced by Strateco Resources against the Quebec Minister of the Environment.
Grand Chief of the Crees, Matthew Coon-Come, says in a statement that the Crees are "aware of our productive relationship with Quebec." But, he adds, "the Crees must take steps to support all agreements with governments, because otherwise we risk jeopardizing the integrity of the nation-to-nation."
The Crees will take part in the review of this project by participating in the Nunavik Marine Region Impact Review Board review of it. This is being done in the interest of accomplishing the review in the most economical, thorough and convenient way. It is also necessary to do it in this manner because the Eeyou Marine Region Planning Commission and the EMR Impact Review Board are not yet set up to begin their work of planning and review. This coordinated approach is in accordance with the Agreement Relating to the Cree/Inuit Offshore Overlapping Interests Area, signed in 2003 by the Crees and Makivik, which agreement can to be found in the terms of the Eeyou Marine Region Treaty, pages 149 to 166 http://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1320437343375/1320437512985 .
Today, the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) instituted legal proceedings before the Québec Superior Court in order to suspend forestry management plans approved by the Minister of Natural Resources that authorize illegal logging operations on Cree family hunting territories east of the Mistissini and Oujé-Bougoumou height of land. The motion also includes a request for the Court to order the Québec Government to provide more than $13 million in past damages.
Earlier this week, the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) learned that its challenge, launched in May 2013, against Resolute Forest Products’ FSC certification for Forest Management Unit 025-51 in the Saguenay-Lac Saint Jean region in Québec was successful. This should result in the suspension of the Resolute Forest Products’ FSC certification.
The Cree Nation of Eeyou Istchee has followed closely the tabling and discussion of Bill 70, the Act to amend the Mining Act. We previously submitted a brief to the National Assembly on Bill 43, in which we set out a number of concerns and recommendations. Since then, I have had the opportunity to meet with Minister Ouellet and to discuss with her in person certain issues, including with respect to mining. I appreciated her openness in these discussions.
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.
Historically Important Case in the Recognition of Eeyou (Cree) Rights November 15, 2013 the 40th Anniversary of the Decision by Justice Albert Malouf of the Quebec Superior Court in the Kanatewat Case
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.
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(October 18, 2013) The Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) unconditionally supports the Elsipogtog First Nation in exercising their aboriginal and human rights and categorically condemns the use of force by the RCMP to prevent the exercise of those rights.
The Land Claims Agreements Coalition has brought us together to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the Royal Proclamation. It is a momentous occasion, indeed. Anniversaries allow us to reflect on what has come before and what we have achieved. They also give us the opportunity to determine what work remains to be done, and to commit to doing it.
This particular anniversary gives us the opportunity to reflect on the relationship between Canada and Aboriginal peoples. The Royal Proclamation gives us a unique insight into that relationship as it stood 250 years ago. At that time, the Crown recognized the Aboriginal peoples in North America as nations with a special relationship to particular lands. The Proclamation also affirmed treaty-making as a key element of the Crown’s policy towards Aboriginal peoples.
Nain, September 26th, 2013 -? The Aboriginal Roundtable is pleased to report that their third meeting in Nain yielded productive discussions on key actions towards the conservation and preservation of the caribou. Following the initial two meetings, the participants of the Roundtable have made significant progress in understanding one another, their respective needs and their relationship with the caribou.
The meeting of the Board of Directors of the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou/Eenou Istchee) and the Council of the Cree Regional Authority will be broadcast live on Live Stream on September 25 and 26, 2013. To watch online simply click on the link below;
Grand Council Of The Crees (eeyou Istchee) And Mayors Of Municipalities In James Bay Hold First Meeting Of Implementation Committee For New Regional Government Under Agreement On Governance In Eeyou Istchee James Bay Territory
Montreal: The Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) and the Mayors of the Municipalities in James Bay are pleased to announce that the first meeting of the Implementation Committee for the creation of the new Regional Government provided for in the Agreement on Governance in the Eeyou Istchee James Bay Territory took place today in Montreal. The Government of Québec also participated in the meeting.
On this day, FASD International Awareness Day, the Grand Council of the Crees, in collaboration with the Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay (CBHSSJB) and the Cree School Board (CSB), is pleased to announce that the Crees of Eeyou Istchee are in the process of launching the first Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Diagnostic and Intervention Clinic in the province of Québec.
We are pleased to announce that 39th Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) and 36th Cree Regional Authority Annual General Assembly [AGA] 2013 will be LIVESTREAMING. AGA will take place at the Mawabou Gardens Arena, Wemindji, Eeyou Istchee on August 6, 7, & 8.
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The James Bay Cree Nation welcomes the interim judgement of the Superior Court of Quebec denying the request of Strateco Resources Inc. for a safeguard order in relation to the Matoush uranium project. Strateco had requested that the Court order the Quebec Environment Minister to pay its monthly operating costs until the conclusion of the legal proceedings in which Strateco seeks to force the Minister to issue a permit for its Matoush advanced uranium exploration project.
Participation Rate: 46.75%
Deputy Grand Chief/Vice-Chairperson
|Rodney Mark||3,181||53.44 %|
|Linda Lillian Shecapio||2,772||46.56 %|
Participation Rate: 46.79%
We are deeply saddened at the news of the passing of an Inuit hunter, a protector of the environment and the former Mayor and Councillor of Kuujjuaraapik, Mr. Sappa Fleming.
In accordance with Article 26 of Section 2.of Bill 115, an Act to Amend the Act Respecting the Cree Regional Authority, which specifies that a candidate must be elected by an absolute majority vote (fifty percent + one), and in accordance with the results of the Election of July 15, 2013, hereto, I hereby declare that no Candidate has secured the required majority vote (50 % +1) and that no Candidate can be declared as having been elected to the office of Deputy Grand Chief/ Vice Chairperson of the Grand Council of Crees of Eeyou Istchee/Cree Regional Authority.
Therefore, in my capacity as Chief Electoral Officer, I hereby declare that another election shall be held for the office of Deputy Grand Chief /Vice-Chairperson of the Grand Council of Crees of Eeyou Istchee/Cree Regional Authority between the two candidates, whom have the most number of ballots from the Election held on July 15, 2013, namely;
In accordance with Article 26 of Section 2. of Bill 115, an Act to Amend the Act Respecting the Cree Regional Authority, which specifies that the Chairman must be elected by an absolute majority vote (fifty percent + one), and in accordance with the results of the Election of July 15, 2013, hereto, I hereby declare that no Candidate has secured the required majority vote (50 % +1) and that no Candidate can be declared as having been elected to the office of Grand Chief/Chairman of the Grand Council of Crees of Eeyou Istchee/Cree Regional Authority.
Therefore, in my capacity as Chief Electoral Officer, I hereby declare that another election shall be held for the office of Grand Chief /Chairman of the Grand Council of Crees of Eeyou Istchee/Cree Regional Authority between the two candidates, whom have the most number of ballots from the Election held on July 15, 2013, namely;
The 2013 election results for Grand Chief/Chairperson and Deputy Grand Chief/Vice-Chairperson for the Grand Council of the Crees of Eeyou Istchee/Cree Regional Authority have produced some very interesting statistics.
Elections for Grand Chief/ Chairman and Deputy Grand Chief/Vice-Chairman of the Grand Council of the Crees of Eeyou Istchee and the Cree Regional Authority
Thursday, July 11, 2013
Polling Hours: 9:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m.
Monday, July 15, 2013
Polling Hours: 8:00 a.m to 7:00 p.m.
Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee)
81 Metcalfe Street, Suite 900
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Local Returning Officer: Marina Kataquapit
“It’s total destruction, down to the topsoil. Even the roots of (the) trees, they’re gone. Forget about it,” said Johnny Tomatuk, deputy chief of the Cree community in Eastmain.
By Friday, the fire had burned through an area of about 300,000 hectares, about six times the size of the island of Montreal.
The James Bay Cree Nation welcomes the news that Quebec Minister of the Environment Yves-François Blanchet plans to refuse to issue a permit for Strateco Resources Inc.’s Matoush advanced uranium exploration project. Strateco reported on June 25, 2013 that it had recently received notice from the Minister of his intention to refuse their permit application for the Matoush project, due to “a lack of sufficient social acceptability”.
Oujé-Bougoumou (Québec), June 20, 2013 – The Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee), the Cree Regional Authority, the Oujé-Bougoumou Cree Nation and BlackRock Metals Inc. announce that they have entered into the BallyHusky Agreement on June 20, 2013 regarding the development and operation of BlackRock’s project in Eeyou Istchee, an iron-ore and vanadium open pit mine in the traditional territory of the Oujé-Bougoumou Cree Nation.
"The days of exclusion are over," Cree Grand Chief Matthew Coon Come said Thursday, heralding a new era in co-operation between his people and the non-aboriginals of northern Quebec.
OUJÉ-BOUGOUMOU, QUÉBEC (June 11, 2013) The Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee), the Cree Regional Authority, the Oujé-Bougoumou Cree Nation are pleased to announce that they have signed a pre-development agreement on June 10, 2013 with Northern Superior Resources Inc. (“Northern Superior”) regarding the future exploration and pre-development of Northern Superior’s Croteau Est and Waconichi mineral exploration projects in Eeyou Istchee.
To all Cree Beneficiaries (Eligible voters 18 years and up) of the Grand Council of the Crees of Eeyou Istchee and the Cree Regional Authority.
Take notice that the CANDIDATES for the offices of Grand Chief/Chairperson and Deputy Grand Chief/Vice-Chairperson of the Grand Council of the Crees of Eeyou Istchee and the Cree Regional Authority are as follows.
LINDA LILLIAN SHECAPIO
"Among the many speeches I make, perhaps those that I enjoy the most are those where I have the honour of addressing young people who have previously set upon an educational course of action and have achieved their goals by graduating, whereupon they are now equipped with the skills and knowledge to achieve additional goals in education, business or work. It gives me special pleasure today to be address this graduating class, composed of individuals who have chosen a very noble purpose, that of early childhood education."
Bill 42 is the legislation that will implement the Agreement on Governance in the Eeyou Istchee James Bay Territory concluded between the Crees of Eeyou Istchee and the Gouvernement du Québec on July 24, 2012. As such, it is legislation of fundamental importance, for it will define a new partnership in governance between the Cree Nation of Eeyou Istchee, our neighbours, the Jamésiens, the Gouvernement du Québec and all Québeckers.
For the first time, this legislation will bring the Cree and the Jamésiens together in a real governance partnership. This partnership will benefit the Cree, the Jamésiens and all Québeckers for generations to come. It will help to realize the vision of the James Bay and Northern Québec Agreement and the Paix des Braves. It will help to realize the promise of northern development. It will serve as a model, not just for Québec, but for all of Canada and beyond.
(Darwin, Australia, May 27, 2013) As a keynote speaker at the inaugural meeting of the World Indigenous Network, Ashley Iserhoff, Deputy Grand Chief of the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) shared the Crees Nation’s experience of land stewardship and governance in Northern Québec with an international audience of Indigenous youth, elders and leaders. The World Indigenous Network is being developed as means for indigenous peoples to share their experience in land and sea stewardship.
"Our struggle took shape when eight isolated Cree villages came together to form a collective nation under the Grand Council of the Crees. It was under the guidance of our elders to work together, thus was formed the Grand Council, which successfully forced a legal injunction on the construction of phase 1 of this massive hydro project. The courts recognized the Crees’ legal claim over our lands. And the Governments of Canada and Quebec conceded to negotiate with the Crees over the terms of this hydro project. This resulted in Canada’s first modern-day Land Claims Treaty, the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement, signed in 1975."
(Nemaska, Quebec, May 22, 2013) Speaking for the Grand Council of the Crees, Grand Chief Dr. Matthew Coon Come expressed his deepest sympathies to the family of the late Elijah Harper on their profound loss.
(Nemaska, May 15, 2013) Earlier today the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) issued a formal challenge to the FSC Certification for Forest Management Unit 025-51 in the Saguenay Lac Saint Jean region in Québec held by Resolute Forest Products Inc. This is the largest Forest Management Unit in Québec.
CBC's The National will air a story tonight on the Crees of Eeyou Istchee. For further details, please visit The National at CBC.ca.
NEMASKA, EEYOU ISTCHEE, May 7, 2013 - Today Premier Pauline Marois, accompanied by Ministers Martine Ouellet, Sylvain Gaudreault, Alexandre Cloutier and Élizabeth Larouche, announced in Chibougamau the establishment of the Secretariat for Northern Development.
It is with great pride that the Aboriginal governments and Nations of Québec and Labrador stand together and formerly announce the creation of the Ungava Peninsula Caribou Aboriginal Round Table, a united and powerful voice that will endeavor to preserve caribou and the deep relationship that aboriginal people have long held with it.
Earlier today representatives of the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee)/Cree Regional Authority (GCCEI/CRA) released the Broadback Watershed Conservation Plan and called upon the Marois Government to support their bold initiative. Grand Chief Matthew Coon Come said:
“Forty years ago the Government of Québec put the Broadback River on notice for its destruction by way of hydro-development. Today the Crees request the river to be put on notice for its protection.”
On April 5, 2013, Québec Minister of Health and Social Services Dr. Réjean Hébert, Véronique Hivon, the Minister for Social Services and Youth Protection, Élizabeth Larouche, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Luc Ferland, provincial MNA for Ungava, will be among the guests for the inauguration of a new $29 million dollar health centre for the Cree Nation of Mistissini.
"Your journey has shown us strength and the aboriginal youth of this country can use their energies for positive goals and in inspiring ways."
OTTAWA, March 11, 2013 /CNW/ - On March 16-17, 2013 at The Westin Hotel Ottawa, over 200 Eeyou-Eenou college and university students will gather in Ottawa for an event designed to help the next generation of Québec Cree take up the challenge of leadership.
Participating in the event will be national figures Justin Trudeau, MP, Papineau, Romeo Saganash, MP, Abitibi-Baie-James-Nunavik-Eeyou, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, New Zealand Maori politician John Tamihere, Cree Grand Chief Dr. Matthew Coon Come and former Grand Chief Dr. Ted Moses.
The Cree Nation Achievement Awards Foundation (CNAAF) calls for nominations for Academic Excellence in the Elementary and Secondary sector. An information package will be mailed out electronically to interested persons, schools and partners. The information package will be included on the CNAAF website (www.cnaaf.ca).
NEMASKA, Eeyou Istchee, March 5, 2013 /CNW/ - The Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) today called on the Marois government to move forward with its plan to convene an independent evaluation of the uranium industry inQuebec. Poll results released today by the Canadian Boreal Initiative (CBI) confirm that a very strong majority of Quebecers are in favour of such an evaluation being held before any uranium projects are authorized in Quebec.
"With little fanfare, the Inuit people of Nunavik in northern Quebec, the Grand Council of the Cree, and the Government of Quebec announced the creation of Tursujuq National Park—a 6.5 million acre protected area along the eastern shore of Hudson Bay."
Chibougamau, February 13th, 2013 – Chibougamau's citizens want to share their opposition to Strateco's uranium exploration project Matoush. In a letter published today on Facebook, they tell that many Jamesiens are agreeing with Crees and stand for a moratorium on nuclear power network in the Province of Quebec.
The Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee), the Cree Regional Authority and the Cree Nation of Mistissini today filed an intervention in the legal proceedings recently commenced by Strateco Resources against the Quebec Minister of the Environment.
Strateco resources announced yesterday that it has commenced legal proceedings to force Environment Quebec to issue a decision concerning the authorization of the Matoush advanced uranium exploration project.
The Quebec Chiefs want to attend the Prime Minister meeting while Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta chosen not to attend.
Indigenous and human rights organizations stand in solidarity with Chief Theresa Spence in her appeal for full respect for Aboriginal and Treaty rights by the government of Canada. There is an urgent need for Canada to demonstrate genuine respect and long-term commitment, initiated by a meeting between First Nations’ leadership, the Prime Minister and the Governor General.
Full honour and implementation of Indigenous peoples' Treaties are crucial to the evolution of Canada and the principle of federalism. Cooperative and harmonious relations cannot be achieved by devaluing Treaties or by unilateral government actions.
We firmly support grassroots actions of the "Idle No More" movement. It has put the spotlight on federal policy and legislative agendas that are trampling the inherent rights of Indigenous peoples affirmed in domestic and international law.
The Mohawks were key players in Canada's fur trade, but the descendants of those early trappers and merchants have lost their trapping skills. So the Mohawk Council called on the more experienced Cree from Waskaganish on the southern tip of James Bay.
"The Crees from James Bay have been doing this all their life up to present day, and it's part of a major tradition of their nation. In Kahnawake, we've lost it because of the fast role of life in the city area," said Patton.
Grand Chief Dr. Matthew Coon Come and Premier Pauline Marois met today for the first time since the election of the new Government of Québec. The focus of the meeting was the renewal of Cree-Québec relations, building on the successful partnership of the Paix des Braves of 2002, and the shared determination to implement the new Agreement on Governance signed last July.
MONTRÉAL, QUÉBEC (October 24, 2012) The Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee), the Cree Regional Authority, the Cree First Nation of Waswanipi and Eagle Hill Exploration Corporation (“Eagle Hill”) announce the signing of an advanced exploration agreement on October 24, 2012 regarding the future development and operation of the company’s Windfall Lake gold mining project in Eeyou Istchee.
On October 18, 2012, Guy Hébert, president of Strateco Resources Inc., the proponent of the Matoush project, reported to LesAffaires.com and La Presse that he had read the COMEX report, and that it was “unanimously favourable” towards the Matoush project. “This includes the Cree representatives on the committee”, Mr. Hébert stated.
In reality, in its report, the Review Committee stated that it had “serious reservations” about the Matoush project. The Committee recommended that the Quebec Administrator authorize the project only if the consent of the Crees has been obtained.
The James Bay Cree Nation has affirmed its commitment to the complete cessation of all uranium exploration, mining and waste emplacement in Eeyou Istchee, the James Bay Cree territory, notwithstanding today's decision of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) to license a uranium exploration project in Eeyou Istchee.
Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute (ACCI) is pleased to announce that it has received an award in the Web’art category from the International Council of Museums Audio Visual conference. The “silver prize” was awarded for our Mishkutuunimatuutau (Lets Exchange) Project, a part of our interactive website; www.creeculturalinstitute.ca.
Today, Dr. Matthew Coon Come, Grand Chief of the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) and Chairman of the Cree Regional Authority, inaugurated the Whapmagoostui Justice Facility in the presence of Madame Justice Danielle Côté, Associate Chief Justice of the Court of Québec, Criminal and Penal Division, as well as Stanley George, Chief of Whapmagoostui, Rhoda Angutiguluk, Mayor of Kuujjuarapik, and other distinguished guests.
The Cree Nation Achievement Awards were handed out at a ceremony this past August 30, 2012.
The James Bay Cree Nation has declared a Permanent Moratorium on uranium exploration, uranium mining and uranium waste emplacement in Eeyou Istchee, the James Bay Cree territory. The permanent moratorium was enacted unanimously by the Annual Cree Nation General Assembly in Waskaganish.
Québec, July 24, 2012 – The Government of Québec and the Cree Nation today signed the Agreement on Governance in the Eeyou Istchee James Bay Territory. The agreement is designed to give the Crees expanded powers over lands and resources. It calls for the creation of a new regional government to replace the Municipalité de Baie-James. The new government will consist of Crees and James Bay residents each having an equal number of votes.
This new agreement is a follow-up to the Framework Agreement which was signed by Dr. Coon Come and Premier Charest in May 2011. It provides for greater autonomy of the Cree Nation over its traditional lands and resources, and also, creates a new Regional Government involving both Crees and Jamesiens. The new Regional Government will replace the existing James Bay Municipality (MBJ).
Today, the Cree Nation of Eeyou Istchee and the Government of Quebec have concluded an Agreement concerning the funding framework and funding rules for the Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay.
Grand Chief Dr. Matthew Coon Come stated that "This project was negotiated by my people, my people participated in its design, my people participated in the construction, my people participated in establishing and monitoring the environmental standards, and my people will even participate in its operations. And we, as NATIONS will benefit from the electricity it generates."
As stated by the Chairman of the Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay, Mr. James Bobbish, on behalf of the Cree Nation at the announcement of Bill 81, the Crees have sought changes to provincial legislation regarding customary adoption since the early 1980s and for almost as long, Québec has committed to doing so in the Civil Code of Québec.
"Now, with this Bill, the Québec government is taking an important step to fulfill that commitment," said Mr. Bobbish.
Speaking Notes for Mr. Ashley Iserhoff Deputy Grand Chief/Vice Chairman Grand Council of the Crees/Cree Regional Authority June 5th 2012
Our identity was and is shaped by our relationship with the land, the animals and one another. The challenge facing us today is how to continue to protect this relationship in this rapidly changing world. In fact, while I’m here, many Cree families have returned to the land for our traditional goosebreak. Our schools and many organizations close in respect to the importance of our culture.
The article by André Dubuc in La Presse on Thursday, April 26, 2012, entitled “Contribution Santé : Les Cris ne veullent pas payer” sends the message that the Crees are refusing to pay their fair share of the cost of health services while receiving large government transfers and enjoying personal income well above the provincial average. This message creates a distorted picture, and must be corrected.
On behalf of the Cree Nation of Eeyou Istchee, I would like to congratulate the tourism leaders who are getting recognition this evening. With your hard work, your passion and your vision, and most of all with your unrivalled sense of hospitality, you are providing tourists with first-rate experiences that they will cherish forever.
The Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee), the Cree Regional Authority, the Cree Nation of Mistissini and Stornoway Diamonds (Canada) Inc. announce that they have entered into the Mecheshoo Agreement on March 27, 2012 regarding the development and operation of Stornoway’s Renard Diamond Mine in Eeyou Istchee.
From the radio interview of March 20, 2012 with the president of the local council of Radisson, I understand that the council has submitted to Minister Laurent Lessard of MAMROT a request for recognition of Radisson as a municipality. The president refers to the recent Framework Agreement on Governance between the Cree and Québec as one of the reasons for this request.
As you know, this issue is not new. In the 1980’s, Eric Gourdeau of SAGMAI floated the idea that Radisson should become a municipality. The Cree Nation opposed the idea then, and we continue to do so.
I was asked to give you a short lecture today on the impacts of the Plan Nord on the youth and how it relates to education, entrepreneurship and culture.
The Plan Nord will have an impact on these issues but also on our way of life in general. The Plan Nord may be around for the next two or three decades but its impacts will be felt for many more decades and it will affect our way of life and that of future generations.
In principle, the Cree support the sustainable development of the North. They also support the Plan Nord, on certain conditions, and they are committed to working with the Government of Québec to implement it.
In the early 1970s, ten young Cree leaders were asked by community elders to lead the fight during negotiations for the James Bay Northern Quebec Agreement. May their experiences serve to guide and inspire Cree youth and others in similar circumstances today. This is the first episode in what will be a four-part series. It covers the period of time from the first announcement of Bourassa's "Project of the Century" to the signing of the JBNQA.
The Department of Economic and Sustainable Development (DESD), under the auspices of the Cree Regional Authority, has established a Cree Entrepreneurship Assistance Fund (CEAF) that will provide grants to new and existing entrepreneurs within Eeyou Istchee.
Baie-Comeau, February 24, 2012. – Last December, CREECO announced an important investment in our midst, with its construction of a hotel of 70 rooms, scheduled for spring 2012. Today, another step was taken towards the realization of this project, while the MOU between CREECO, represented by its President, Mr. Jack R. Blacksmith, and Me Gilles Gagné, and the City of Baie-Comeau has been officially signed.
We take issue with certain inaccurate statements made in the article in the January 27, 2012 issue of The Nation entitled “CREECO board nixes new structure – for now”. If not corrected, they could cause unfounded concern among the Cree people of Eeyou Istchee regarding the establishment of the Cree Development Corporation (CDC). These concerns, including those about local control and taxation, must be clarified.
Our presentation will focus on our current governance negotiations with Canada and the implementation of the Federal New Relationship Agreement. Also, in response to your recent discussion paper on Eeyou/Eenou Law respecting Family Issues, I will briefly address the matter of matrimonial real property on Category IA lands. This matter has been on our agenda for some time and it is part of our current discussions with Canada in the context of the Cree-Canada governance negotiations.
Building upon the original James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement, the “Paix des Braves” acknowledged that the Cree Nation of Eeyou Istchee not only had an important and key role to play in the development of our traditional territory, but that we also had an important contribution to make to Quebec as a whole. This was, of course, the original vision of the James Bay Agreement, but it took many years and a very winding path to arrive at an understanding of what it would take to give those ideas fuller expression. The “Paix des Braves” then laid the groundwork for a very wide range of partnerships and joint undertakings between the Cree Nation and business, social, cultural and political interests throughout Quebec.
This Pre-Development Agreement is living proof that when the Crees stand united, we accomplish great things. This Pre-Development Agreement will provide meaningful participation of the Crees of Oujé-Bougoumou in the pre-development activities of BlackRock Metals but more importantly, it sets a proper tone of cooperation and partnership as we embark on discussions for a final agreement on the project, which we know will provide benefits in the form of employment, training, business opportunities and economic benefits.
The lobbyist-consultant has said in the newspapers that a real war is being prepared. This is not what the Cree Nation of Mistissini wants. We are certain that it is not what the tallymen want. But it seems to be what the lobbyist-consultant wants: to set Cree against Cree, to divide the Cree, to weaken the Cree. And who will benefit? Certainly not the Cree. Perhaps the lobbyist-consultant, perhaps the southern “partners”, but certainly not the Cree.
The Cree Nation of Mistissini remains open to meeting with the tallymen concerned and Uuchii at any time in order to discuss their concerns and find solutions that benefit them and the entire community.
Clearly, a new way of doing things is called for. If we are to fix the “Attawapiskats” across this country; If we are, once and for all, to change the nature of the relationship between ourselves and Canadian society as a whole, then we must start thinking about things differently. The Federal Government, the provinces, and we ourselves, must all have the courage to “think outside the box” and to find the workable and practical solutions this country needs now, and to do so in a way without jettisoning an understanding of, and adherence to, aboriginal rights.
"We may have a different way of relying on the land today than we did in the past, and there is little doubt that in the future it will be different also, but there is no question that the land, and our relationship to the land, will be the basis of our future."
"I am disappointed and very disturbed when all parties are playing the blame game. The solution is to move away from pointing fingers and focus on the families."
States of emergency have been declared in the northern Quebec communities of Chisasibi and Wemindji, which have been without power for more than 24 hours.
As a result of the three articles published in Le Devoir on November 1, 2011, November 12, 2011 and November 26, 2011, the Cree Nation of Mistissini wants to correct and re-establish some facts.
"In the end, it is not a story of 'us' versus 'them'. It is a story of 'us together'. And the story is not over. There are new chapters to write, together. The Final Agreement on Governance will help us to do so."
Romeo Saganash, Member of Parliament for Abitibi—Baie-James—Nunavik—Eeyou, announced today in Val-d'Or, Québec that he will stand as a candidate for the leadership of the federal New Democratic Party.
Together www.workingitouttogether.com, a national multi-platform health and wellness movement in response to the increasing rates of diabetes and obesity in Canada, especially among the Aboriginal population.
The 37th GCCEI / 34th CRA Annual General Assembly will take place August 8, 9 and 10 in Eastmain, Eeyou Istchee.
On July 6th, the first of two Katimavik groups, each comprised of 10 young Canadians, have arrived in Chisasibi. This dynamic group of Katimavik youth is eager to begin volunteering in the community that will be their home for the next three months.
Grand Chief Matthew CoonCome and former Grand Chief Ted Moses send their sincere condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Mr. Guy Coulombe O.Q. former president of Hydro Quebec (1981 to 1988).
Ms. Tina Petawabano brings many years of experience within the organization, invaluable knowledge of the Cree, a fresh outlook and an optimistic attitude to the position.
On behalf of the Cree Nation, I must take exception to the article by Mr. André Dubuc published in La Presse on Friday, June 10, 2011 entitled "Les Cris veulent percevoir des redevances sur leur territoire". The article incorrectly refers to an alleged Cree requirement of the Crees demanding "royalty" payments from mining companies operating within our traditional territory. Both the content and the tone of the article mischaracterize the Cree Nation Mining Policy by suggesting that its application imposes an unacceptable financial burden on mining companies.
The Framework Agreement provides for a one-year period for the Crees and Québec to negotiate a Final Agreement which will expand Cree jurisdiction over certain lands in their traditional territory. It also provides for a new, inclusive form of regional government in the Territory, comprised of representatives of the Crees and the other residents of the Territory. This regional government will have expanded jurisdiction over the major portion of the Territory.
I am pleased to announce today, on behalf of the Cree Nation, that I support and endorse the Premier’s announcement of the Plan Nord, and also, I am pleased to say that I will today be signing the Partners Declaration.
The Crees support the sustainable development of the North. We have made, and will continue to make, efforts to build partnerships with Québec, Jamésiens and others for the orderly development of the Territory, for the benefit of all.
Grand Chief Matthew CoonCome stated: "Romeo Saganash has been a valuable asset to the Cree community for many years and we can now expect that he will benefit all of the communities making up his riding. He is a perceptive and diligent worker and with his background in law, able to seize the benefits and consequences of proposals that are made to the community. While we will miss his constant presence among us, I know that he will do a good job for all of the people of Northern Quebec. "
"Yes, he has worked with Aboriginal people. Some Crees voted for him. But his statement has outraged people. The damage is done among Aboriginal people," said Romeo Saganash.
On March 31, 2011, the incumbent candidate for the Bloc Québécois, Yvon Lévesque, made the following comment:
"Some voters will not choose the New Democratic Party any more, now that it has introduced an Aboriginal candidate." [unofficial translation]
Today, April 1, 2011 is a historic occasion. The Eeyou Eenou Regional Police Force, headquartered in Chisasibi, officially begins operations. The Force composed of eighty Police officers, two Liaison Officers and 18 civilians will be in charge of policing activities in the nine Cree communities plus in the areas of extended jurisdiction. With the opening of the Cree Regional Police Force, the Cree communities can look forward to top quality police services for their resident populations. Grand Chief Matthew Coon Come states: "This is a historic day for the Cree Nation and with the opening of the Eeyou Eenou Police Force; we have made another step in building the new Cree Nation Government in Eeyou Istchee, James Bay, Quebec. We also thank the Cree Police Commission for their help and input into making the amalgamation a success".
The election has resulted in a run-off election for chief between Daniel Mark-Stewart and Edward Gilpin. A run-off election has also been declared for deputy-chief between Jamie Moses and Johnny Tomatuk.
THE SECOND BALLOT FOR THE ELECTION OF THE CHIEF AND DEPUTY-CHIEF SHALL BE HELD ON THURSDAY MARCH 31, 2011. 8AM TO 8PM LARGE CONFERENCE ROOM AT THE CREE NATION OF EASTMAIN.
The Youth of the Cree Nation that are walking by snowshoes departed from Mistissini on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 and will travel to their final destination of Nemaska for March 31, 2011.
With the support from the Cree Nation of Wemindji, the community approved the agreement on January 26, 2011 through their Chief and Council. The approval of the agreement by the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) and Cree Regional Authority on February 3, 2011 represents the support of the Cree Nation as a whole, and ensures a stable regional environment for the development and operation of the Éléonore Gold Project.
The purpose of the “Journey Through the Heart of Eeyou Istchee 2011” is to promote ‘Cancer’ awareness; remembering the ones that have gone before us and to work toward proactive measures in dealing with this disease in the Cree Nation.
"The importance of protecting culture and language is shared by Quebec and the Crees and this fact was important in the shaping of the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement."
"The story that you will watch this evening is about of a generation of Crees that came out of school and took-up the challenge of helping their people to win recognition of their rights. They had rights recognized to their traditional lands and to a variety of services and programs that were important to the future of the Cree Nation.", Grand Chief Dr. Matthew CoonCome stated at the film debut.
"This is a film about an Agreement, the James Bay and Northern Québec Agreement of 1975. This was the first modern land claim treaty in Canada. It set the pattern for all the aboriginal land treaties that have followed. It was, and remains, an extraordinary achievement. The film tells the story of the Agreement, one that sought to create enduring relations among four peoples: Canadians, Québecers, Inuit and Crees."
As interim Director of Public Health for Eeyou Istchee, I am pleased to present the 2009 report on diabetes in the territory. Monitoring and reporting on the health status of the population is a primary mandate of Public Health and, since 1997, the Public Health Department has documented the rise of diabetes using the Cree Diabetes Information System (CDIS).
Centre culturel canadien - Canadian Cultural Centre, Paris, France. Remarks by Deputy Grand Chief Ashley Iserhoff Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee)
...last December, the Crees inaugurated their Embassy in a residential building on Grande Allée Boulevard. "We want to maintain ongoing diplomatic relations with Québec," said Romeo Saganash, Director of Government Relations and International Affairs for the Grand Council of the Crees (GCC). The Cree Nation already has an "embassy" in Ottawa and an office in Montreal.
Wishing you a very merry Christmas, happy new year, and a safe and wonderful holidays with friends, family and loved ones.
- Grand Chief Matthew Coon Come and Family
Official Reports of the National Assembly
39th Parliament, 1st Session
(Beginning: January 13, 2009)
Friday December 3, 2010 - Vol. 41 Nº 164
Chief Petawabano was an original signatory to the JBNQA and was instrumental to the Cree Nation in the various positions he held more recently as Chairman to the Regional Elders Council.
The Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) wishes to acknowledge and provide full support to the Cree Nation of Mistissini's decision to reject a proposal for a uranium exploration mine within their territory.
"Strateco failed to engage the community to inform and educate them about the relative risks of this project, or even properly answer their questions," noted Chief Shecapio. "Strateco failed to gain the trust of the people or even really try, this is a major concern for my community."
"Today, I ask for your understanding on what I'm about to say and violence that is in our communities is at a point where we must act now and not wait till something happens."
The Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) has opened a new embassy in Quebec City.
This video is available at: http://www.queensu.ca/sps/events/Billy_Diamond_video.php
The Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) publicly endorses the recommendation by the James Bay Advisory Committee on the Environment (JBACE) to suspend several ongoing environmental assessments of proposed forestry roads in habitat of "threatened" woodland caribou on Cree lands.
Times Colonist, 08 Jul 2010, Page A11
The Cree Youth Symposium will be happening from June 22 to 24, 2010 at Hotel Forestel in Val-D'Or, Quebec.
The Cree Youth Symposium will include:
A central objective of any international human rights instrument is to encourage States to reform laws, policies and practices so that human rights are respected. International human rights standards cannot merely condone or sustain existing State practices. To limit UN declarations in this way would defeat the purpose of having international standards.
The "nisk" came early this year. I was afraid they would all be gone by the time our Cree guests were scheduled to arrive mid-April. The Crees had been "skunked" when they came hunting in our area last November (due to unseasonably warm weather) and we were determined not to let it happen again!
The public is invited on May 25 and 26 to participate in the public information sessions on the Matoush Uranium Exploration Project, located northeast of Mistissini and Chibougamau.
The Cree Nation Youth Council (CNYC) has decided to move the dates for the Inspiring our Youth, Cree Youth Symposium, to June 22, 23, & 24, 2010. The Youth Symposium will still be held in Val D'Or at the Forestel Hotel.
|"Yes" Votes||8020 (95.1%)|
|"No" Votes||398 (4.72%)|
|Invalid Ballots||15 (0.18%)|
|Total Votes||8433 (100%)|
Thank you to everyone who entered, results are being decided and winners will be notified soon!
Grand Chief CoonCome congratulates the Cree Nation for their participation in the referendum.Â In particular he stated: "The Cree youth came out in great numbers to support their Nation and I am very proud to see the next generation of Cree leaders coming forth to exercise their right to self-determination.Â I will never forget the messages that were twittered among the youth around the Nation encouraging others to vote and to get involved.Â I am also grateful for the creative efforts of Christopher Herodier and Paul Napash who collaborated in writing and performing the James Bay Island Song.Â Our "islands of hope" are part of our Nation of hope.
The Cree Regional Authority is requesting bids for the construction of 8 residences to be built in Nemaska.
Further information may be found in the call for tenders PDF.
In our summer homes
Were the Islands of Hope
And now we must see to it
That they will belong
Truly, Within the Cree Nation
-James Bay Islands Song
Historically, Canada has maintained that the Offshore Islands belong to the Government of Canada. The Offshore Islands referendum is asking Crees if they approve the Offshore Agreement and therefore believe the Islands belong to them, or the Government of Canada.
If you vote 'Yes', you support the Offshore Agreement and agree that the Offshore Islands belong to the Crees.
If you vote 'No', you vote against the Offshore Agreement and you support Canada's claim that the Offshore Islands belong to the Government of Canada.
If you don't vote, the Offshore Agreement will not be ratified and this will support Canada's claim that the Offshore Islands belong to the Government of Canada.
Do you know a young person between the age of 13 to 35 who deserves an award? Nominate them NOW!
Nomination deadline: Friday, March 12th, 2010.
The Matoush Uranium Advanced Mining Exploration is subjected to a comprehensive environmental review process. The proponent, Strateco, after receiving directives drafted by the Evaluating committee has submitted its Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in early November 2009.
On June 29, 2009, Cree and Canada negotiators initialled the proposed Cree Offshore Agreement.
Under this proposed treaty, Cree rights to continue to occupy and use the offshore area will be offcially recognized by the Constitution of Canada.
Through a Cree referendum process, from January 18 to March 26, 2010, you will decide on the acceptance of this Agreement. Because of its importance to the Cree Nation, all communities, inland and coastal, will be asked to vote in the referendum.
For this Agreement to be approved, over 50% of all Cree benefciaries eligible to vote must have voted in favour of it.
Eligible voters will have to answer "YES" or "NO" to the following question:
Do you approve the proposed Agreement between the Crees of Eeyou Istchee and Her Majesty the Queen in the right of Canada concerning the Eeyou Marine Region?
Construction workers and other temporary workers on the Cree Territory can get vaccinated in the community where you work starting December 7. If you want to get vaccinated, call the clinic in the community near your workplace and make an appointment. For information contact the Influenza A(H1N1) Coordination Centre for the Cree Health Board in Mistissini. Phone: (418) 923 2343.
The gordongroup documentary film team travelled to James Bay to capture the spring goose hunt activities on camera last April. While we were there, I mentioned to our hosts that my husband was an avid hunter and that we lived on a 200-acre farm in Eastern Ontario. The next thing I knew, a Cree contingent was planning to drive 12 hours to hunt in Grenville County.
At the press conference, Dr. Matthew Coon Come called on Premier Charest to renew the original spirit of the "Paix des Braves", an historic agreement between the Government of Quebec and the Cree Nation signed in 2002 which set aside decades of court battles and public campaigns by the Crees to obtain fulfillment of Québec's obligations under the 1975 James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement.
Young Cree Artists: Your work could be featured on the cover of a national publication!
Grand Chief Matthew Coon Come expressed his condolences to Albert Diamond's family, stating "This is a great loss for the Cree Nation. Albert was truly one of the great Cree leaders. He was respected and admired in the Cree Nation, and throughout Canada, for his numerous skills in finance and economic development."
Rodney stated of his cousin Albert, "Although Albert achieved a great deal of success, those that knew him, knew that his greatest and proudest achievement were his children. He would always proudly share with those close to him the stories of the time he spent with his children and how happy they used to make him."
Dear Members of the Cree Nation and Friends of the Cree Nation, I must regretfully inform you that our dear, dear friend and long time work companion ALBERT DIAMOND, President of Air Creebec Inc., passed away last night.
Take notice that the 2009 Annual General Assembly of the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee)/ Cree Regional Authority has been rescheduled to August 25,26, and 27, 2009.
The location of the Assembly will remain the same, in Mistissini at the Neoskwesau Complex - Gymnasium.
Alfred coonishish - 407 votes
Reggie david neeposh - 407 votes
Section 48 of the by-law respecting the election for the chairperson of the cree stipulates that in order to declare an elected chairperson, he or she has to receive fifty per cent (50%) or more of the votes cast. This excludes the damaged or rejected ballots.
Therefore, since no candidate achieved the required 50% or more votes, run-off elections shall be held on August 26 and 27, 2009, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.
|Office of the Chief||Mr. Stanley George|
|Office of the Deputy-Chief||Mrs.Victoria George|
|Youth Councilor||Mr. Donnie Dick|
|Elder Councilor||Mr. Robbie Masty|
|Regular Councilor||Mr. Robbie Dick
Mr. Eddie Masty
Mr. William Kawapit
The server issues preventing us from updating certain areas of the website have been resolved. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
The Grand Council website is currently experiencing server issues preventing us from updating certain pages; other areas, such as news and the archive, remain unaffected. System Administrators, including those from Creenet, are working to resolve the issue and we trust that it will be resolved soon. Notice will be posted as soon as the server is back to full operations.
We thank all of our visitors who have contacted us expressing their concern, and we sincerely apologize for any or inconvenience or confusion.
Grand Chief/ Chairperson
Total number of valid ballots cast: 6021
|Matthew Coon Come||3798||63.08 %|
|Matthew Mukash||2223||36.92 %|
Deputy Grand Chief/ Vice Chairperson
Total number of valid ballots cast: 6026
|Bella Moses Petawabano||2840||47.13%|
Recommendations regarding large public gatherings in regards to the current presence of H1N1 in the region.
The Candidates for Grand Chief are:
The Candidates for Deputy Grand Chief are:
Notice is hereby given that a Run-off election between the two (2) candidates shall be held on July 29 & 30, 2009 for both Grand Chief/Chairman AND Deputy Grand Chief/Vice Chairperson.
Please be advised that the 2009 Annual General Assembly of the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee)/Cree Regional Authority has been postponed until further notice, as recommended by the Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay, and to avoid creating a health risk to the members of the Assembly due to the current H1N1 situation within Eeyou Istchee. Our office is working very closely with the Cree Health Board to monitor this issue.
The 3rd Regional Career Fair scheduled to take place July 22 & 23, 2009 at the Mawabou Gardens Arena in Wemindji, QC has been postponed until further notice due to the precautionary measures being taken to the prevent the spread of the influenza H1N1 virus in Eeyou Istchee.
Election information will be available at http://www.soleica.ca/elections2009/, and final and official results will be posted on this website as soon as they are available.
All of these young men, under the immense strain of these negotiations, paid a heavy price, Philip among them, but with the help of his second wife, Alayne, he has overcome the demons that beset him, and become probably the best writer among all the Crees, one of the most persistent negotiators, a completely honest leader, and a central figure in the Cree world. I will never forget his mantra while he was negotiating the original deal: "I am never going to sign something that my children will want to know how the hell did I ever sign such a thing."
Nominees accepted for Deputy Grand Chief/ Vice-Chairperson:
Nominees accepted for Grand Chief/Chairperson:
Accepted for Grand Chief
Accepted for Deputy Grand Chief
"This legislation fulfills our commitment to provide the necessary powers to the Cree of Eeyou Istchee so that they can assume greater responsibility for community and economic development, as well as achieve increased autonomy", stated Minister Strahl.
Please take notice that ELECTIONS for the offices of Grand Chief/Chairperson and Deputy Grand Chief/Vice-Chairperson of the Grand Council of the Crees of Eeyou Istchee and the Cree Regional Authority has been called.
Deputy Grand Chief Ashley Iserhoff encourages all Cree youth to submit nominations to be a part of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay. Download nomination forms and submit them today!
Deputy Grand Chief Iserhoff addressed the forum regarding the UN Declaration, stating:
"The Declaration is both a beacon and catalyst for achievement, well-being and renewed hope. The value of hope is deeply embedded in this work.
The Declaration is an historic instrument that has universal application to countless Indigenous contexts in over 70 countries. In the 20 months since the adoption of the Declaration, the extreme interpretations of a few dissenting States have not been confirmed. Instead, we are witnessing harmonious, cooperative and systematic approaches to effectively implement the Declaration."
We urge the Permanent Forum to recommend to ECOSOC and the Human Rights Council that:
The Cree Board of Health and Social Services is actively working to protect the people of liyiyiu Aschii from the new human swine flu virus. The Health Board, communities, and individuals all have a part to play. Residents of liyiyiu Aschii are being asked to take preventive measures to help protect each other. Our best line of defence is regular and repeated hand washing. When coughing and sneezing, people are advised to take a clean tissue or raise their arm up to their face and use their sleeve. They are also being asked to avoid unnecessary travel to Mexico.
Grand Chief Mukash marked the occasion by stating "This conference will allow others to voice their interests and points of view. It is now up to us First Nations and up to all proponents of development projects to adopt a new vision of cooperation so they can work together to resolve problems and to overcome the challenges that are before us. I am committed to this as are the members of the Cree Mineral Exploration Board, the Cree Chiefs and the leaders of Cree business ventures. It is evident that many in this room share this view also."
Earlier today the Ministry of Natural Resources and Wildlife announced that they have updated their list of Threatened or Vulnerable Species with several new additions. Although the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) is favourable to these new additions, it must point out that without the long awaited corresponding Recovery Plans, there will be little progress on protecting these species. The Crees are highlighting this concern because the Ministry of Natural Resources and Wildlife (MNRW) is in the process to approve a series of new roads and forestry operations in critical habitat of vulnerable Woodland Caribou.
Grand Chief Mukash welcomed Mike Holmes, stating that, "Looking to the future, we must ensure that construction projects are carried out effectively, efficiently and with great care, making sure that we do things right. How will we do this? Well, ladies and gentlemen, it so happens that we have Mr. Make-it-Right with us here in this conference to give us good tips - not only on how we can improve in the way we do construction projects - but as well, on what we could do to train our young labour force to take on the challenge ahead.".
"Those of us present here are neighbours. We're going to be living together for a long, long time. We have the ability to accomplish much together, if we take the time to learn more about each other and build upon the relationships we have begun over the past thirty years. Val d'Or and other municipalities of the region have been places where we have felt welcome and in turn have supported the local economies and formed lasting friendships.", stated Grand Chief Mukash.
The youth of the Cree Nation will be walking by snowshoes departing from Whapmagoostui today, February 23, 2009 en-route to visits in Chisasibi, Wemindji, Eastmain and arrival in Waskaganish. The purpose of the journey is to address the issue of "Suicide".
Among those who came to show their support was Grand Chief Matthew Mukash of the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee), who made the trip from James Bay, Quebec.
"President Obama's inaugural speech was inspirational and strong. He showed his determination to bring about real change. The James Bay Cree Nation welcomes the President as a world leader. He is a symbol of renewed hope and justice for all", said Matthew Mukash.
"To me, being a Special Needs Educator is aptly named, for you have joined a profession where what you do every day is special. It is special in the lives of those you touch but also special in what it does in your lives. You have the opportunity to not only teach but to a little extra for your community, families and friends. So, today you represent the spirit of people who care, who are dedicated and who make a difference in the lives of those you work and live with each day. I thank you and congratulate you."
Grand Chief Mukash remarked that, "We are now it seems in a world-scale economic downturn. It is evident on the other hand that the world population is growing and that by the year 2050 there will be 9 billion of us, half again as many people as there are today. The demand for minerals can only increase over the long term. This bodes well for the mining developments in Northern Quebec. If we look to other parts of Canada there are many where mining development has been the cause of building infrastructure that gradually brought economic diversification and prosperity. Let us look to our mutual interests in undertaking our projects and lets us also look for ways to resolve problems together, always guided by the principles of mutual respect, mutual trust and cooperation!"
Star of the TLC television program "Little People, Big World" Matt Rolof spoke at the conference, saying that no matter what your challenges you may have, your life is extraordinary.
The Cree Nation has derived its way of life from Eeyou Istchee for thousands of years. The archaeological evidence attests to this as do our legends and ancestral stories. We lived a way of life based on hunting, fishing and trapping. We used the plants and parts of the animals to cure ourselves and to provide shelter. It was an unforgiving environment that required a person to have considerable expertise and endurance to make a living and to raise a family. The land provided what we needed and our people were hardened by their efforts to live on this land. Times change however --- our elders knew they would.
Announcing that Mr. Clarence Snowboy will assume the role as Liaison Officer for the Secretariat.
Speaking on the occasion, Grand Chief Mukash said that, "In Cree society we recognize and acknowledge the important part that Elders play in our lives. They are the keepers of many aspects of our society, such as our language, culture, traditions, knowledge and wisdom. Today, they continue to live in a traditional way of life on the land keeping our language, culture and heritage strong. In the time when they can no longer spend as much time in our lands, then we must provide them with the care, respect and love they deserve."
Matthew Mukash stated that, "we hold our Elders in high regard and honor their contribution to our communities and families, and this Agreement will help provide supportive programs and services to meet their needs. The duration of the Agreement is five years for a total value of $1,345,000.
In a presentation earlier this morning to the Economics and Labour Commission at the National Assembly, Matthew Mukash, Grand Chief of the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee), denounced the Government's proposal on forestry known as the "Green Plan". The Grand Chief stressed that the Green Plan is not an option for the James Bay Territory because it would erode the gains the Crees have made in forestry with the Paix des Braves Agreement.
James Bay Eeyou School, Chisasibi
November 4-5-6, 2008
SHANNON ALEXANDER (left) and MAISY JACKO (right)
University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, Common Law Section, Ottawa, Ontario, Keynote Address Presentation By: Romeo Saganash Director of Quebec and International Relations Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee)
The Cree Regional Authority and the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) will continue to monitor progress with remedial action to prevent further environmental impacts.
The Eastern Door and the North (composed of Cree, Mohawk, Innu and other First Nations Youth in Quebec) were honoured today at the closing ceremonies and received an honorary award called the John Fletcher Spirit Award which is presented to the team that best demonstrates the spirit of teamwork, fair play, respect, and integrity throughout the competition. Congratulations to the Eastern Door and the North!
Wishing the Cree athletes good luck at the North American Indigenous Games 2008, they will be going to Cowichan on Vancouver Island, British Columbia on Saturday August 2, 2008.
"On March 12, 2008, this Commission tabled in the National Assembly a report that contained various recommendations, including a drastic cutback of the district of Ungava in favour of the slower-growing districts of Abitibi-Ouest and Abitibi-Est. This proposal would have serious impacts on the people of Waswanipi and Ouje-Bougoumou as they would be separated from the other seven (7) Cree communities and they would be represented from thereon by a different MNA. With all due respect, the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) is strongly opposed to it, and in this regard, for lack of appropriate alternatives, it supports the status quo."
Statement by Matthew Coon Come
Matthew Coon Come is an Indian residential schools survivor. He is former national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, and former grand chief of the Grand Council of the Crees of Quebec.
On behalf of the Government of Canada and all Canadians, Prime Minister Stephen Harper offered an historic formal apology today to former students of Indian Residential Schools and sought forgiveness for the students' suffering and for the damaging impact the schools had on Aboriginal culture, heritage and language.
Mr. Harper said residential schools aimed to isolate and remove children from the influence of their homes and assimilate them.
The elections will be held Tuesday, June 17, 2008 from 9:00am to 9:00pm. Eligible Voters out of the James Bay territory excluding Senneterre and Washaw Sibi will be allowed to cast their votes by fax only on the day of election.
Grand Chief Mukash marked the occasion by saying, "As we build the Cree Nation, there will be growing needs for all types of expertise and the Cree School Board and the other Cree entities and businesses will have to find new ways to cooperate so as to build our economy and increase our jurisdiction and role in the governance of our lands."
Quebec Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Jacques P Dupuis, is pleased to announce the creation of a new Crime Victims Assistance Center, to be known as the Cree CAVAC or CAVAC-Cri. To launch the process, Mr. Dupuis presented this morning the Cree Regional Authority, represented by Grand Chief Matthew Mukash, with a cheque to the amount of $336 669.
An excerpt from Boyce Richardson's eulogy for Sam Blacksmith, "one of the last remaining Cree hunters with a full knowledge of the bush life". The full text is available at http://www.magma.ca/~brich/mylog4frame2.html#anchor10662.
Pledges to make it a 'Living Document', as seventh session concludes. On Special Theme, Says Indigenous Ways of Life Threatened by Climate Change, calls for Indigenous Participation in All Aspects of International Debate on Issue
"We need more of programs that seek to build our community spirit, and exemplify those parts of our human nature that seek to help each other. We are all members of our communities, but our Nation is one big family." - Deputy Grand Chief Iserhoff
Deputy Grand Chief Ashley Iserhoff extends his congratulations to the youth who participated at the event, and stated, "The youth who spoke were very powerful and made everyone very proud to see them speak with passion."
On April 7, 2008 NDP Member of Parliament Irene Mathyssen (London-Fanshawe) introduced a motion supported by MP Jean Crowder (Nanaimo-Cowichan) that the Third Report of the Standing Committee on the Status of Women, presented on Wednesday, February 18, be concurred in.
Grand Chief Matthew Mukash addressed the Chamber of Commerce by stating, "Let us, as the inhabitants of this territory, look to the common objectives that we share as two peoples who have similar long-term interests in ensuring that our children can enjoy ways of living that are at least as satisfying as our own. I believe that we share interests in development not just for the sake of seeing the resources taken, but to see their extraction as a way to provide all of the people of the region with means to build a future where there is sustainable and diversified development of the territory's resources."
At the closing banquet for the meeting and training sessions, Deputy Grand Chief Iserhoff said that, "as families and communities, we have chosen to prioritize the standards of care and safety of our children. As individuals you have taken this charge seriously by requesting and participating in training and meetings like you have over the past two days in Val d'Or. I would like to thank all of you for being part of the sessions."
"With this present Agreement we will implement for 20 years parts of the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement that the federal government had difficulties in implementing in the past. In other words, we will decide on a new and innovative way forward. In doing so, the Cree Nation takes on certain responsibilities of the government of Canada to our own citizens. We gain the chance to decide our own priorities in these matters and we have the chance to develop and to demonstrate our ability to govern efficiently."
Bill Namagoose Executive Director of the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) in his address stated that, "We are readying ourselves to seize the moment: employment for our people in resource development and in the institutions for services to and governance of the territory. Over 90% of our people speak the Cree language, 95 percent of our people still live in the Cree communities, we have the lowest rate of suicide among aboriginal communities in Canada (about the same rate for Quebec) and our employment rate, while variable seems to be about 80% most of the time."
The Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, Chuck Strahl and Grand Chief Matthew Mukash to sign Canada-Cree New Relationship Agreement on February 20 & 21, 2008 in Mistissini, Eeyou Istchee
Grand Chief Matthew Mukash addressed The Commission on Institutions on January 31, 2008.
The Stanstead College Spartans Senior Girls Basketball won the championship banner Saturday at the Montreal Independent Schools Tournament with an undefeated 5-0 weekend, only the second time the senior girls have captured this title.
Deputy Grand Chief Iserhoff commemorated the occasion by remarking, "This will enhance a child's ability to interact within their family, community and school environments. The special needs educators training is important as it works with children with special needs who are having difficulties of a physical, intellectual, emotional or social nature."
Grand Chief Matthew Mukash stated, "His passing away will be felt throughout Eeyou Istchee, as he was well known for this accomplishments in his service to the Whapmagoostui First Nation and to the Cree Nation. As most of you know, David was involved at the regional level of Eeyou governance since the early 70s. His contribution to the Cree Nation of Eeyou Istchee will be noted with distinction. We will greatly miss him!"
Deputy Grand Chief Iserhoff told the Conference, "Let us be a little different and not always think of the profit for our companies, but help and build our young entrepreneurs who want to be part of our growing economy."
Lawrence Jimiken, Chief Referendum Officer has received no request for a recount nor a review of the votes, and has deemed the referendum results to be final, with 90.17% voting in favour.
Deputy Grand Chief Ashley Iserhoff marked the occasion by stating that, "As the community grows, so does the need for services such as daycare facilities. With a large youth population, and increasing numbers of opportunities for employment, education and training in the communities it is important to have facilities that allow for our people to participate more in them. In the past four years, we have doubled the amount of spaces in the community daycare centers."
The summary of report of results is now available in PDF Format. Of 6421 votes cast, 90.17% voted in favour of the Cree-Canada Agreement.
The GCCEI will pay $10.00 for a return trip ($5.00 for one way) to the local taxi company for every voter brought in to vote.
Matthew CoonCome stated, "I believe in our ability to run our own affairs. I believe in our ability to use our knowledge, customs, skills and our culture and language to build a future for our people and our communities and Nation."
Notice is hereby given that the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) will hold a public information and consultation session on the "Proposed Agreement concerning a New Relationship Agreement between the Government of Canada and the Cree of Eeyou Istchee" for all eligible voters of the Cree Nation in the Montreal area.
Notice is hereby given that the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) will hold a public information and consultation session on the "Proposed Agreement concerning a New Relationship Agreement between the Government of Canada and the Cree of Eeyou Istchee" for all eligible voters of the Cree Nation in the Ottawa/Gatineau/Hull area.
The Declaration was adopted by an overwhelming majority of the General Assembly, with 143 countries voting in support, 4 voting against (Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States) and 11 abstaining (Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burundi, Colombia, Georgia, Kenya, Nigeria, Russian Federation, Samoa, Ukraine).
Deputy Grand Chief Iserhoff told the graduates, "Dare to dream big, as then big things can happen in your life."
Deputy Grand Chief Iserhoff told the Secondary V Graduation Waapihtiiwewan School in Ouje-bougoumou, "Graduating is about investing in ourselves and opening doors to many new opportunities."
Presented by Grand Chief Matthew Mukash and Deputy Grand Chief Ashley Iserhoff at the 1st Annual Cree Arts Festival Chisasibi, QC.
Notice is hereby given of a vote by Referendum of the Cree on whether to approve the proposed Cree-Canada Agreement.
In his letter, Grand Chief Mukash states, "We will host a referendum, and the process will go beyond ballots in the community to going onto the land to collect ballots and allowing for mail-in ballots for those living in or outside Eeyou Istchee."