OUJÉ-BOUGOUMOU, QC, June 11, 2013 /CNW/ - The Grand Council of the Crees
(Eeyou Istchee), the Cree Regional Authority, the Oujé-Bougoumou Cree
Nation are pleased to announce that they have signed a pre-development
agreement on June 10, 2013 with Northern Superior Resources Inc. ("Northern Superior") regarding the future exploration and pre-development of Northern
Superior's Croteau Est and Waconichi mineral exploration projects in
The Council of the Oujé-Bougoumou Cree Nation approved the agreement on
April 17, 2013. The approval of the agreement by the Grand Council of
the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) and Cree Regional Authority on April 12, 2013
represents the support of the Cree Nation as a whole, and ensures a
stable environment for the future exploration and pre-development of
the Croteau Est and Waconichi mineral exploration projects.
The official signing ceremony took place in Oujé-Bougoumou, Québec, on
June 10, 2013.
The agreement reflects the parties' common desire to promote a
cooperative and mutually respectful relationship concerning the
exploration and pre-development activities of Northern Superior for its
projects in Eeyou Istchee Territory. Northern Superior has undertaken
to provide meaningful Cree participation in the awarding of contracts
for the supply of goods and services.
Should the mineral exploration projects be advanced to a point where
Northern Superior is required to file a "Notice of Intent" with the Ministère du Développement durable, de l'Environnement et des Parcs, Northern Superior has undertaken to then conduct a business and
employment capacity study to assess the business and employment
capacity within Oujé-Bougoumou. In addition, Northern Superior will
also then open a business development office in Oujé-Bougoumou and hire
a community member as an environmental monitor, to enable the Parties
to jointly monitor the activities of Northern Superior during the term
of the agreement.
The Crees have agreed to support the projects and to cooperate with
Northern Superior in the preparation of environmental and social impact
assessment studies, should Northern Superior advance the projects to a
stage where such studies are required.
Finally, the Parties have agreed that if Northern Superior has
determined that the projects are economically viable with the
completion of a pre-feasibility study, to begin discussions towards
concluding an Impacts and Benefits Agreement with respect to the
Croteau Est and Waconichi mining projects of Northern Superior.
"Through the adoption of the Cree Nation Mining Policy and the execution
of this agreement, we have undertaken to support and participate in
mining exploration within our Traditional Territory." said Dr. Matthew
Coon Come, Grand Chief of the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou
Istchee). "This agreement marks the beginning of a collaborative and
fruitful relationship between the Crees and Northern Superior, a
relationship based on an alignment of interests, founded on
environmental and economic sustainability and the respect of Cree
rights. The Crees and Northern Superior will continue to cooperate, as
partners, in the economic and social development of Eeyou Istchee."
Mr. Reggie Neeposh, Chief of the Cree Nation of Oujé-Bougoumou, stated:
" We are very pleased to be signing this agreement today as it reflects
the kind of mutually beneficial working relationship which is required
to promote harmony and good will throughout our region. In particular,
we are happy to see this kind of relationship develop which
acknowledges our rights and our role in the territory. We look forward
to continued good relations with Northern Superior as these projects
progress in a spirit of openness, transparency and cooperation.".
Dr. T.F. Morris, President and CEO of Northern Superior comments: "We
are very pleased to receive the support of the Cree Nation of
Oujé-Bougoumou, the Cree Regional Authority and the Grand Council of
the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) for Northern Superior's Croteau Est and
Waconichi gold exploration mineral properties. This support will assist
greatly in advancing exploration on these properties, and ensure that
all stakeholders involved with this venture have an opportunity to
share in the potential economic and social benefits that may be derived
from any significant discoveries made."
About the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee)
The Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) is the political body
that represents the approximately 18,000 Crees or "Eeyouch"
("Eenouch"). The Council is constituted of twenty (20) members
including: the Grand Chief and Deputy-Grand Chief elected at large by
the Eeyouch, the chiefs elected by each of the nine (9) recognized Cree
communities, and one (1) other representative elected by each
About the Cree Regional Authority
The Cree Regional Authority (CRA), set up by virtue of the signing of
the James Bay and Northern Québec Agreement as the administrative body of the Cree Nation Government, is
responsible for environmental protection, the hunting, fishing and
trapping regime, economic and community development, Cree governance
and other matters as decided by the Board of Directors. The Board of
Directors of the CRA is the same joint governing body that manages the
Grand Council of the Crees and is referred to as the "Council/Board".
About the Cree Nation of Oujé-Bougoumou
Oujé-Bougoumou is the newest of the Cree First Nations in Eeyou Istchee
having been constructed during the first half of the 1990's. After
many years of negotiations, Oujé-Bougoumou was recently incorporated
formally into the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement. In the
course of the construction of Oujé-Bougoumou the community enjoyed
national and international recognition for its community development
efforts including recognition from the United Nations and participation
SOURCE: Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee)
For further information:
Andy Baribeau, GCC(EI)/CRA, Tel.: (514) 770-7743
Deputy Chief Randy Bosum, Oujé-Bougoumou Cree Nation, Tel.: (418) 745-2519