MISTISSINI, Eeyou Istchee, QC, Feb. 27, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - The Chief of
Cree Nation of Mistissini, Richard Shecapio, welcomes the opportunities
that bring the extension of the highway 167. "A new road, a new
opportunity", said Chief Shecapio at the ceremony of signature of the
agreement signed with the Quebec government, today, in Mistissini.
To the Ministers Normand MacMillan (Transport) and Geoffrey Kelley
(Native Affairs), who participated in this ceremony, the Chief Shecapio
explained: "Today's announcement is not for a simple road. This is an
announcement for the future of my community, of our young people who
thirst for a better future, turned to new technologies but without
renouncing our past and our traditions. In this sense, this road allows
us to move forward, in every sense of the word."
The vast territory that will become accessible by this road affords not
only mining resource opportunities but also opportunities for
recreation, tourism, forestry and wind power generation. Indeed, it has
been shown that various projects in these sectors could materialize in
the foreseeable future if this road link is established.
Chief Shecapio reminds that this project is based on an important
partnership with surrounding municipalities and several companies that
have joint in to create a "Local, Regional and Provincial" (LRP)
Consortium. "This partnership is important, for us as for the regional
development", mentioned Chief Shecapio.
The Chief of the Cree Nation of Mistissini is also pleased with the
involvement of Tallymen and families of which, territories, the new
road will give access to. "The approach throughout this entire file has
been to ensure the maximum benefits for the community as a whole, while
ensuring that families impacted by the project also participate", he
About the Cree Nation of Mistissini
The Cree Nation of Mistissini is one of the largest Cree communities of
the James Bay Crees of Quebec, Canada, and is situated at the southeast
end of Mistassini Lake. The Council of Mistissini consists of a Chief,
a Deputy Chief and seven elected Councillors.
SOURCE Cree Nation of Mistissini
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