NEMASKA, Eeyou Istchee, March 5, 2013 /CNW/ - The Grand Council of the
Crees (Eeyou Istchee) today called on the Marois government to move
forward with its plan to convene an independent evaluation of the
uranium industry in Quebec. Poll results released today by the Canadian
Boreal Initiative (CBI) confirm that a very strong majority of
Quebecers are in favour of such an evaluation being held before any
uranium projects are authorized in Quebec.
"The Grand Council of the Crees has previously urged the government to
convene a broad, independent and rigorous study of the environmental
and social impacts of uranium mining in Quebec," said Grand Chief Dr.
Matthew Coon Come stated. "These poll results confirm that this
approach also enjoys overwhelming public support."
The Cree Nation of Eeyou Istchee has consistently stated its opposition
to uranium mining in all its forms in the Eeyou Istchee James Bay
territory. In August 2012, the Cree Nation enacted a permanent
moratorium on uranium exploration, mining, milling and waste
emplacement in Eeyou Istchee. The Crees are also intervening in the
legal proceedings recently commenced against Environment Quebec by
Strateco Resources, the proponent of the Matoush advanced uranium
exploration project, the most advanced uranium project proposed to date
The CBI poll sought the views of Northern Quebecers as to what Strateco
should now do, in light of the decisions of the Cree population and
Cree governments to oppose the Matoush project. Three out of four
respondents (77%) stated that Strateco should respect the views of the
Crees and not proceed with the Matoush project. Amongst non-Cree
respondents, a solid majority (63%) said that Strateco should respect
the views of the Crees.
"The importance of social acceptability of proposed development projects
in Eeyou Istchee is an essential part of the nation-to-nation
relationship between the Cree Nation and Quebec. As these poll results
show, this principle is also recognized and supported by the population
of the Eeyou Istchee James Bay territory," noted Grand Chief Coon Come.
"The Cree Nation is committed to working with our neighbours to pursue
the many opportunities for environmentally and socially sustainable
development that exist in our territory."
Two polls were conducted in February for CBI by the polling firm Léger
Marketing, one including respondents from across Quebec and the other
including respondents from Northern Quebec. Detailed information
concerning these polls is available at www.borealcanada.ca.
SOURCE: The Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee)
For further information:
Bill Namagoose, Executive Director
Telephone: (613) 761-1655
Cellular: (613) 725-7024
Tina Petawabano, Director of Quebec Relations
Telephone: (418) 691-1111
Cellular: (418) 770-3132
Me Jessica Orkin, Legal counsel
Cellular: (514) 260-2622