The Grand Council of the Crees

Speaking Notes Of Grand Chief Dr. Matthew Coon Come To The Committee On Planning And The Public Domain Of The National Assembly Of Québec On Bill 42

An Act Establishing The Eeyou Istchee James Bay Regional Government And Introducing Certain Legislative Amendments Concerning The Cree Nation Government

Posted: 2013-05-29

Québec City

MAY 29, 2013

TABLE OF CONTENTS
I. Introduction
II. THE CREE AND EEYOU ISTCHEE
III. Context
A. Cree – Québec Relations
B. James Bay And Northern Québec Agreement
C. Vision
D. Paix des Braves
E. Development and Governance
IV. AGREEMENT ON GOVERNANCE IN the EEYOU ISTCHEE JAMES BAY Territory
V. Bill 42, An Act establishing the Eeyou Istchee James Bay Regional Government and introducing certain legislative amendments concerning the Cree Nation Government
A. Eeyou Istchee James Bay Regional Government
B. Cree Nation Government
C. Other Provisions.
VI. Conclusion


Dr. Matthew Coon Come addresses The Committee On Planning And The Public Domain Of The National Assembly Of Québec On Bill 42

Introduction

THE CREE AND EEYOU ISTCHEE


Context

Cree – Québec Relations

James Bay And Northern Québec Agreement

Vision

The native communities will have local administrations, substantially in the manner of local communities throughout Québec, and regional administrations will exercise municipal functions in areas beyond the old established communities. In districts inhabited by both native and non native populations, Cree representatives and representatives of the Municipality of James Bay will form a joint administration to be known as the Zone Council.

Why do we want to do all this? Simply because there are people living in the North, who need public services, who are counting on good administration of their affairs, and who have a right to participate in that administration. The principles of sound and rational administration prompt us to act in this manner. The well-being and the interests of the people require that we do it.

Paix des Braves

Development and Governance

AGREEMENT ON GOVERNANCE IN the EEYOU ISTCHEE JAMES BAY Territory

Bill 42, An Act establishing the Eeyou Istchee James Bay Regional Government and introducing certain legislative amendments concerning the Cree Nation Government

Eeyou Istchee James Bay Regional Government

Cree Nation Government

Other Provisions

Conclusion

[TRANSLATION]  We must therefore ask ourselves how we should behave in their regard in order to permit them to play, as soon as possible, their true role, that is, a leading role in the development of the territory.  It is they who must be in charge of the development of their community and it is among them also that we must hope to find future entrepreneurs and leaders in the economic life of New Québec.

Thank you for your attention.