"I always had the utmost respect for the territory; it has provided for so many people. The river provided a good life for the people. Game converged here. Beaver seemed to love being on the river, and there were lots of fish, partridge, bear and moose."
- Eastmain elder, Harry Moses
In an historic meeting held yesterday between the Cree Nation of Eeyou Istchee and Pekuakamiulnuatsh Takuhikan, parties discussed several issues of common interest and concern in a spirit of harmony and based on the common bonds of Indigenous brotherhood. They agreed to work on the renewal of formal links of discussion, which already existed in the past, and they are ready to work actively to find solutions to the actual issues that need to be oriented or resolved.
The Grand Chief stated, “We are pleased that we have agreed with Québec on a mediation mandate for Mr. Bouchard to resolve this dispute of vital importance for the traditional Cree way of life. I wish to acknowledge the openness of Premier Couillard in ensuring that this mediation can move forward. I have told him that the Cree will work with Mr. Bouchard and with Québec to find constructive solutions.”
On January 23, the Government of Québec announced a mediation mandate for Lucien Bouchard. However, discussions with the Cree regarding this mandate were not completed when this announcement was made.
The Cree Nation Government thus wishes to clarify that it has not given its consent to the terms of the mediation mandate of Mr. Bouchard announced on January 23.
Montreal (Quebec), December 15, 2014 /CNW/ - At the final public hearings of the Bureau d’audiences publiques sur l’environnement (BAPE) on the uranium industry in Quebec, to be held today in Montreal, the James Bay Cree Nation will deliver a resounding and united message of opposition to uranium development in their territory, Eeyou Istchee. The Cree Nation, which has led the charge against uranium development, has been joined in this position by the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador and the Inuit of northern Quebec, who will also make presentations to the BAPE today.
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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.
"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