The Grand Council of the Crees

United Against Nuclear in James Bay/Eeyou Istchee

(Courtesy Translation)

Posted: 2013-02-14

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 group regrets that no survey was performed to find out Jamesiens's opinion about this uranium project. Despite the support received by Strateco from elected officials and from some organizations, many residents don't want to see a uranium mine in James Bay/Eeyou Istchee territory: "The site of Matoush project is located close to the limits of the new Albanel-Temiscamie-Otish National Park and we fear that the operations will compromise the image of tourism, a booming industry in our region. On the other hand, we found very inappropriate the points made by Strateco to brush aside Crees' opposition. Social acceptability is very important and moving forward without their support would harm the new governance project" explain Sylvain Roberge, one of the Chibougamau's resident at the origin of this action. He also doubts what will be the economic benefits of the mine for local communities.

Public is invited to join Baie-James/Eeyou Istchee sans uranium page on Facebook. People who would like to add their name to the letter can write to : BJEIsansuranium@gmail.com.

For informations:
BJEIsansuranium@gmail.com
www.facebook.com/bjeisansuranium