Following the release of the COMEX report regarding the proposed construction of two major access roads in sections H west and I on Waswanipi territory, and the certificate of authorization issued for these projects, the Cree First Nation of Waswanipi is satisfied that the approval of these roads in the Broadback Forest will not encroach on its proposed protected area.
The certificate of authorization issued by the Ministry of Sustainable Development, the Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change followed all of the COMEX recommended conditions associated with this project, reducing the extent of the proposed forest access roads by 43 per cent and leaving their last three intact traplines untouched. The Waswanipi Crees welcome the report recommendations outlined, which were decided upon following thorough consultations with a number of groups including the Cree First Nation of Waswanipi, various forestry companies, scientific experts and environmental groups.
"The report's recommendations are straightforward; forestry companies must sit down with us and discuss any development project to be executed on our territory," says Marcel Happyjack, Chief of the Cree First Nation of Waswanipi. "The Cree Nation of Waswanipi is open to economic development and we believe it can be achieved in a sustainable and ecological manner while respecting our traditional Cree way of life and maintaining positive relationships with the forestry companies."
Important conditions in the certificate of authorization, as recommended by the COMEX, include: