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Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Eighth session, Item 8: United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; Speaker: Kenneth Deer, Indigenous World Association

There are significant achievements that we all celebrate. There are also substandard actions that serve to undermine Indigenous Peoples' rights and the UN Declaration. Such conduct often entails the very serious challenge of "rights ritualism" – "a way of embracing the language of human rights precisely to deflect real human rights scrutiny and to avoid accountability for human rights abuses"


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Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) / Cree Nation Government and Government of Québec Sign the Agreement to Resolve the Baril-Moses Forestry Dispute

Québec City - (July 13, 2015): The Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee)/Cree Nation Government is pleased to announce the signature with the Government of Québec today of the Agreement to Resolve the Baril-Moses Forestry Dispute.


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VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA AND WEMINDJI, QUÉBEC (June 19, 2015) - Goldcorp Inc. (TSX: G, NYSE: GG), the Cree Nation of Wemindji, the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) and the Cree Nation Government publicly released the Opinagow Collaboration Agreement (excluding its financial terms) today, making certain details of the agreement related to the development and operation of Goldcorp’s Eleonore mine accessible to the public.


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Baril-Moses Agreement Dispute with Resolute and Quebec

Signed by Quebec Natural Resources Minister Gilles Baril and Grand Chief Ted Moses, this Agreement details how forestry operations are to be conducted on 14 Cree traplines covering 7245 km2 east of the Mistissini/Oujé-Bougoumou height of land. This represents approximately 25% of Forest Management Unit (FMU) 025-51.


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Welcome, Wachiya

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.

James Bay Cree Against Uranium

CRA Annual Report 2013-2014

CRA Annual Report 2013-2014

The Journey of Nishiyuu

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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.

Episode 3: We Rise Up!

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Episode 2: Delivering the Promise

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Episode 1: Together We Stand Firm

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The Cree Nation Governance Working Group

Cree Vision of Plan Nord

"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