Cree youth walk from Mistissini to Montreal to oppose uranium
development on their territory
MISTISSINI, EEYOU ISTCHEE, QC, Nov. 23, 2014 /CNW/ - The Cree Nation
Youth Council today launches the StandAgainstUranium solidarity march,
to send a strong message to the Quebec government, that the Cree Nation
opposes uranium development on their land, Eeyou Istchee. The march
will also provide an opportunity for Quebeckers from across the
province to show their support for the Crees' stand.
The march departs from Mistissini on Sunday, November 23, after a
send-off feast the night before. The Cree walkers plan to travel over
800 kilometres to Montreal, via Chibougamau, St. Felicien, the
Laurentides Park and Quebec City. The march will arrive in Montreal on
Monday, December 15, for the last day of the public hearings of the
Bureau d'audiences publiques sur l'environnement's (BAPE) on the
uranium industry in Quebec.
"With this march, we the Cree youth are walking in the footsteps of our
ancestors, to hand deliver the message of the Cree Nation as a whole,"
Youth Chairman Joshua Iserhoff explained. "Our message is clear: we
have said NO to uranium mining and exploration in Eeyou Istchee."
The BAPE began its inquiry into the uranium industry in Quebec in May
2014, and is set to deliver its recommendations to the Minister of the
Environment by May 2015. "As youth, we want to make sure that our
position is heard," said Amy Linton, Chief of the Mistissini Youth
Council. "We do not accept the risks and burdens that uranium
development will impose on us, on our land and on our future
The walk departs from Mistissini, where the Cree Nation's fight against
uranium development began when Strateco Resources sought to pursue the
Matoush advanced exploration project, the most advanced uranium project
to date in Quebec, located on Mistissini family hunting grounds.
"Mistissini is the point of origin for the environmental, health and
social risks that uranium presents," noted Mistissini Chief Richard
Shecapio. "We have a vision for the responsible development of our
territory, that protects our lands and our way of life for future
generations. Uranium mining has no place in that vision."
For more information about the StandAgainstUranium march, to get
involved or to offer support, please visit http://standagainsturanium.com or https://www.facebook.com/jamesbaycreeagainsturanium.
Image with caption: "Cree walkers and their supporters prepare to leave from Mistissini for the StandAgainstUranium march. (CNW Group/The Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee))". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20141123_C9876_PHOTO_EN_43243.jpg
SOURCE: The Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee)
For further information:
Joshua Iserhoff, Cree Nation Youth Council Chairman
Me Jessica Orkin, Legal counsel
Cellular: (514) 260-2622