NEMASKA, EEYOU ISTCHEE, QC, Dec. 20, 2013 /CNW/ - The Grand Council of
the Crees (Eeyou Istchee), the Cree Regional Authority and the Cree
Nation of Mistissini today filed a declaration of intervention in the
legal proceedings recently commenced by Strateco Resources against the
Quebec Minister of the Environment.
In its latest legal proceeding, filed on December 5, 2013, Strateco has
asked the Superior Court of Quebec to nullify the Minister's decision
to refuse to grant a certificate of authorization for the Matoush
advanced uranium exploration project. Strateco has also asked the Court
to force the Minister to issue a certificate of authorization for the
In his decision of November 7, 2013, the Minister stated that he was
refusing to authorize the Matoush project because of the absence of
social acceptability for the project, particularly amongst the Crees.
Through the intervention filed today, the Crees seek full rights of
participation in the proceedings, and urge the Court to dismiss
Strateco's request in its entirety.
"The requirement of social acceptability as a condition for development
in Eeyou Istchee is an essential aspect of the successful
nation-to-nation relationship between the Crees and Quebec," said Grand
Chief Dr. Matthew Coon Come. "Strateco's legal action represents a
fundamental challenge to the principle of social acceptability, and to
our treaty rights. We are committed to protecting our environment and
our treaty rights, for current and future generations."
Located near the Cree community of Mistissini on Cree family hunting
lands, the Matoush project is the most advanced uranium project to date
in the Cree territory of Eeyou Istchee and in Quebec. Strateco's
advanced exploration project is a crucial step in the company's stated
plans to undertake large-scale uranium mining operations at the Matoush
"Mistissini's position is clear: there will be no uranium activities in
our territory. The risks associated with uranium mining and uranium
waste are enormous," Mistissini Chief Richard Shecapio noted. "We will
continue working with the hundreds of municipalities and civil society
groups that oppose uranium in Quebec."
SOURCE: The Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee)
For further information:
Bill Namagoose, Executive Director
Telephone: (613) 761-1655
Cellular: (613) 725-7024
Me Jessica Orkin, Legal counsel
Cellular: (514) 260-2622