Nemaska, November 25, 2010â€”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.
Early today, Grand Chief Matthew CoonCome expressed his thoughts about Mistissini's rejection of the Matoush Proposal:
"Being from Mistissini myself, I know the community's decision was not taken lightly. It took several years of fact finding and soul searching. Decisions of this nature are especially difficult for First Nations particularly at a time when we are seeking out
development proposals to address very real employment challenges. The Cree Nation as a whole remains open to mining development opportunities that are compatible with the Cree way of life. However, as Mistissini indicated, on balance the community felt the potential impacts of this proposal far outweigh its benefits. With this in mind, the Grand Council will respect and support Mistissini's decision."
The Grand Chief's comments are in stark contrast to previous reports in the media that incorrectly suggested that the Grand Council had previously supported the Matoush project.
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