The Agreement concerning a New Relationship between the Government of Canada and the Cree of Eeyou Istchee of 2008 sets out a process for negotiations leading to a Cree Nation Governance Agreement and a Cree Constitution. These negotiations have now been completed.
The final drafts of the Governance Agreement and Cree Constitution are available for consultation at the offices of the Cree First Nations. Consultations are currently taking place with the Cree beneficiaries, Cree First Nations and other Cree stakeholders. The Governance Agreement must be formally approved by resolution of each of the Cree First Nations and of the Cree Nation Government as well as by the Government of Canada before it is signed. Once these steps are completed, the Governance Agreement will take effect when the federal legislation approving it takes effect.
The Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee)/Cree Nation Government welcomes the announcement today by Premier Philippe Couillard of the establishment of an independent provincial commission of inquiry on relations between indigenous people and certain public services in Québec.
NEMASKA, Québec - DECEMBER 19, 2016 - Results of the Leaf River Caribou herd census conducted during the summer of 2016 combined with a recent fall classification census, revealed its population to be at a dangerous new low: 181,000. This figure is in stark contrast with the 2011 population census of 430,000. Given this new data, the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Isthee)/Cree Nation Government is urging the Quebec Government to close the 2017-2018 caribou sport hunt until the Leaf River Caribou herd has reached acceptable recovery numbers.
The Cree Nation stands with the AFNQL, AFN, QNWA, City of Val-d'Or, Parti Québécois, Québec Solidaire, trade unions and NGOs in calling for an independent provincial inquiry to look into relations between indigenous people, the police and the justice system. Only this will fix a system that is broken.
Quebec must demonstrate its commitment to equal justice for all and address systemic racism underlying police discrimination by launching an independent provincial inquiry without further delay. The Cree Nation is prepared to work with the Government of Quebec to do the right thing.
The GCC(EI)/CNG is concerned about the interpretation of certain provisions of Bill 102, in respect of their applicability in the territory subject to Section 22 of the JBNQA. For example, for the GCC(EI)/CNG, it is clear that the existing provisions of the Environment Quality Act regarding the Bureau d’audience publiques en environnement (BAPE), as well as the new provisions proposed in Bill 102 relating to the framework for the conduct of strategic environmental assessments (SEAs) and the Strategic Environmental Assessment Advisory Committee (SEAAC), are inapplicable in JBNQA territory. However, there have been situations in the past where the GCC(EI)/CNG was confronted with a different interpretation regarding the applicability in JBNQA territory of legislative provisions of this kind.
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.
Suppliers can now register with the Capital Works and Services Department via an electronic form in order to be notified via email when a tender is posted.
"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 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