The Grand Council of the Crees

MEDIA ADVISORY

Posted: 2008-02-12

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 and 21, 2008 in Mistissini, Eeyou Istchee.

Nemaska, Eeyou Istchee -- The parties will arrive on the afternoon of February 20 and a feast will be held in the evening starting at 6:00 p.m.

The official signing ceremony will take be held on Thursday, February 21, 2008 at 10:00 a.m., at the Neoskweskau Complex. The Canada-Cree New Relationship Agreement will settle most past litigation with Canada concerning the implementation of the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement and other matters and it will provide for steps leading to the recognition of a Cree Nation Government.

The Cree community of Mistissini is located about one hour drive north of Chibougamau in the James Bay Territory. Due to the size of the event, accommodations and travel space are limited, but still available.

Members of the Press are Welcome.

For further information please contact the office of the Grand Chief and the Deputy Grand Chief at:

Darlene Wapachee, Executive Assistant to the Grand Chief (514) 861-5837, extension #234

Judy Cooper, Executive Assistant to the Deputy Grand Chief, (819) 673-2600, extension #224