The Grand Council of the Crees

Opinion: Cree governance accord with Canada is reconciliation in action

By Grand Chief Matthew Coon Come, Published In The Globe and Mail July 20, 2017

Posted: 2017-07-20

On Tuesday, July 18, I signed the Agreement on Cree Nation Governance with Indigenous and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett. I said at the time that this agreement remains faithful to the Cree vision embodied in our treaty, the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement, signed with Canada and Quebec in 1975.

What was this vision?

It has always been one of Cree self-government and self determination. The Cree have always seen our treaty as an emancipation from the Indian Act. But, more than that, we have seen the treaty as a means to regain Cree self-government in Eeyou Istchee.

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