The Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee)/Cree Nation Government Council/Board Meeting November 17, 18 (9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon), 2015 Chibougamau, Quebec and th eEeyou Istchee James Bay Regional Government Meeting/Gouvernement regional d’Eeyou Istchee Baie-James November 18, 2015 (afternoon session) and November 19, 2015
Québec City, November 6th, 2015 – The Environmental and Social Impact Review Committee (COMEX) announces that it will hold a public hearing on the construction of a forest access road in Sections H West and I proposed by Matériaux Blanchet Inc., that represents the following companies: Scierie Landrienne, Tembec, Eacom Timber Corporation, Produits forestiers Résolus and Matériaux Blanchet inc. The purpose of the hearings is to allow citizens to learn about the project itself, the environmental impact assessment and review procedure, and COMEX’s role. It also enables COMEX to receive opinions and comments on the project and documents submitted by the proponent to the Administrator of Section 22 of the James Bay and Northern Québec Agreement.
“We do not only want a declaration of support. We want to see concrete action and assurances that our families are safe. The onus is not only on us to find solutions, but on the municipal, provincial, and federal governments to stand with these brave women and bring the support needed.” – Grand Chief Dr. Matthew Coon Come
NEMASKA, EEYOU ISTCHEE, QC, Oct. 28, 2015 /CNW/ - The Youth of the Cree Nation of Mistissini will today receive international recognition for their outstanding efforts against uranium development on Cree lands, at the Nuclear-Free Future Awards in Washington, D.C. Shawn Iserhoff, Justice Debassige, Desmond Michel and Kayleigh Spencer are being recognized for their leadership role in the Cree Nation's successful stand against uranium in Eeyou Istchee. They will be accepting the award on behalf of the Mistissini Youth at a ceremony to be held today at the House of Representatives on Capitol Hill.
NEMASKA, Eeyou Istchee (October 23, 2015) - It is with anger, shame and pain that the Cree Nation witnesses the exposure of the systemic abuse that First Nation Women are suffering at the hands of the people mandated with protecting the vulnerable and ensuring the safety of all people. Before addressing the abuses that are committed against First Nations Women, the Cree Nation would like to honor, Bianca Moushoun, Priscilla Papatie and Angela King for their extreme bravery in coming forward to denounce Officers of the Sûreté du Québec (SQ). It is only with the strength and bravery of women like this, are we to have a chance at ensuring that those who would prey on the vulnerable and apparently defenseless members of communities will be brought to justice.
THE FEDERAL ELECTION IS TODAY. There are many ridings across the country where the indigenous vote can have a major bearing on the outcome of the election. This is true for our riding—the riding of Abitibi-Baie-James-Nunavik-Eeyou where Romeo Saganash is running for re-election as our Member of Parliament.
If Romeo is re-elected we will then have a Cree voice in the Parliament of Canada and a voice in decisions which affect indigenous people across the country.
The Cree Nation Government endorses and supports Romeo Saganash in his campaign to be re-elected. Again, Romeo is running as a member of the New Democratic Party.
Register to vote and let us together make history by re-electing Romeo Saganash. To register, simply ask your Band Office for a letter of confirmation of residence and ask where to vote.
Welcome to the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) Web site, where we share with the world our vision for our nation. Here we explain to interested observers our culture, values, problems and hopes and describe our many political, cultural, social, economic and spiritual activities. In addition we offer readers links to major stories of aboriginal interest in other parts of Canada and around the world.
The Stronger Together Conference will be an opportunity for political and business people from the Cree Nation to come together and discuss the realities, goals and challenges we have in regards to the economic well-being of our communities.
Nishiyuu Walk from Whapmagoostui to Ottawa
A group of young men came together within the community of Whapmagoostui, on the east coast of Hudson Bay, to embark on a difficult journey.
They joined together in solidarity with other First Nations in Canada to express to the world their resolve to make a difference in support of better conditions for Aboriginal people in Canada and globally. They came together to promote protection of the environment and stewardship of the land for future generations of all descent, all around the world.
The young men were inspired by David Kawapit to walk a great distance across foreign terrain, facing extreme weather conditions along the way. They started from Whapmagoostui and walked 1,700 kilometers to Canada's National Capital of Ottawa. The group set out as just seven walkers and arrived in Ottawa weeks later with over 4,000 people who joined in support of their cause.
The Nishiyuu Walkers, through their heroics and leadership, inspired many Canadians from all walks of life to come together and express their solidarity, intent on creating a better future.
"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