The Cree Nation Government is touring the communities to present a new Governance Agreement and Cree Constitution. The goal is to provide greater autonomy for the Crees on Category 1A lands.
"For me, this Governance Agreement is a further step in the very special history of the Cree Nation. It is a further step in achieving the noble vision of recreating our original sovereignty in a contemporary context. It is a further step in the progress of Indigenous Peoples world-wide. And, it represents a reversal of the fate of Philix Couchees which is where we would all be today if not for the vision, the determination, the hard work and the struggles of our leaders and partners which have moved us away from such a future, and toward a very different and a healthier and more honourable path."
NEMASKA, Eeyou Istchee (March 2, 2017) – On the afternoon of March 1st, 2017, Grand Chief Matthew Coon Come was involved in a snowmobile accident near Mistissini. The incident occurred while the Grand Chief was moose hunting on the territory in the Mistissini area.
After the Eeyou/Eenou Police Force Detachment of Mistissini was contacted, a team comprised of the First Responders, Fire Department and a doctor from the Mistissini clinic was transported by plane to respond to the call. Grand Chief Matthew Coon Come was initially brought to Mistissini clinic for medical assessment. He was later transferred to the Chibougamau Hospital for further medical care. While he did not sustain any life threatening injuries, he did suffer one (1) broken rib and two (2) fractured ribs.
According to the medical evaluation, the Grand Chief’s recovery period is expected to last for a minimum of two (2) weeks, after which he will be re-evaluated. We will keep you updated on his recovery.
My name is Philip Awashish. I am a Mistissini Eenou and a beneficiary of the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement. I am also a Commissioner on the Cree-Naskapi Commission.
In the early 1970s, I was one of the principal Cree negotiators for the Cree Nation of Eeyou Istchee in the negotiations leading to the signing of the 1975 James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement…Canada’s first modern day treaty. I am also an Eenou signatory to the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement.
The GCC(EI)/CNG’s Public Consultation on the Governance Agreement and the Cree Constitution will take place this evening in Chisasibi at 6PM.
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"This year marked the 40 th anniversary of the signa- ture of our Treaty—the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement, and provided us with an opportunity to re- view our achievements over that period of time, to ap- preciate how far we have come as a Nation, and to look forward to see what remains yet to be done." - Grand Chief/ Chairman Dr. Matthew Coon Come
"It is a pleasure to once again report on the progress the Cree Communities and the Cree Nation Government are making through our Nation- to-Nation partnership with the Government of Quebec affirmed in the New Relation- ship Agreement, often called the Paix des Braves, and the Governance Agreement." - Grand Chief/ Chairman Dr. Matthew Coon Come
"The Cree of Eeyou Istchee welcome the opportunity to provide our perspective on the Plan Nord. The Cree welcome responsible, sustainable development of our traditional lands, Eeyou Istchee. We want to be real partners in the development of our territory's vast potential. At the outset, one should recall certain key principles." - Grand Chief Dr. Matthew Coon Come