(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.”
The BAPE began its inquiry into the uranium industry in Quebec in May 2014, and is scheduled to submit its recommendations to the Minister of the Environment by May 2015. The Cree Nation has been vocal and steadfast in its opposition to uranium development in Eeyou Istchee, since Strateco Resources sought to undertake advanced exploration efforts for uranium on traditional family traplines of the Cree Nation of Mistissini.
The Cree Nation of Mistissini has led the charge against uranium development on its land. “We have said no to uranium development on our territory, and our position is unequivocal,” Chief Richard Shecapio of the Cree Nation of Mistissini said. “We are determined to protect the integrity of our land and our way of life, as well as ensuring a future for generations yet to come.”
The third phase of BAPE hearings on the uranium industry in Quebec will continue across Quebec throughout November and December. More information regarding the BAPE and the Cree Nation’s position can be found at www.StandAgainstUranium.com.
Source: Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee)