Lakes Guillaume, Delisle and Eau-Claire National Park project - PUBLIC HEARINGS IN UMIUJAQ and KUUJJUARAPIK-WHAPMAGOOSTUI

    QUEBEC CITY, June 4 /CNW Telbec/ - Minister of Sustainable Development,
Environment and Parks Ms. Line Beauchamp reminds interested parties that
public hearings will be held on June 16-17, 2008 in Umiujaq and on June 18-19
in Kuujjuarapik-Whapmagoostui concerning the creation of the Parc National des
Lacs-Guillaume-Delisle-et-à-l'Eau-Claire in Nunavik.
    "As part of our commitment to better protect the vast natural spaces in
the North with the participation of the Inuit and Cree peoples, I invite all
interested persons, and especially the populations and organizations of these
communities, to express their opinions on the creation of this new Nunavik
park which is to be the biggest National Park in Québec," the Minister
declared. "This is another demonstration of the fact that the protection of
our lakes and rivers is a priority for our government," added Ms. Beauchamp.
    Persons and organizations interested in participating in the public
consultation process should make their intentions known and submit a brief
setting out their points of view prior to June 9, 2008. Briefs may be
submitted by e-mail to or by regular mail to the
following address:

     Projet de parc national des Lacs-Guillaume-Delisle-et-à-l'Eau-Claire
               Direction du patrimoine écologique et des parcs
     Ministère du Développement durable, de l'Environnement et des Parcs
             675, boulevard René-Lévesque Est, 4e étage, boîte 21
                           Québec (Québec) G1R 5V7

    Inuit and Cree citizens that wish to offer their comments and opinions
verbally without submitting a brief are welcome to appear before the hearings
at the following times and places:

    June 16. 2008      7 p.m. - 10 p.m.           Umiujaq

    June 17, 2008      10 a.m. - noon             Community Centre

                       1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    June 18, 2008      1 p.m. - 5 p.m.            Kuujjuarapik-Whapmagoostui

    June 19, 2008      9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.         Venue to be announced

    Pursuant to the Parks Act, Minister Line Beauchamp is pleased to announce
that she has mandated Mr. Johnny N. Adams to hold these public hearings in
order to gather the comments of the population about the creation of this new
park in Nunavik. Mr. Adams has held key positions over the years within the
Inuit nation, notably as Mayor of Kuujjuaq from 1991 to 1997 and subsequently
as President of the Kativik Regional Government until 2005. In 2007, he also
presided over the public hearings on the creation of Kuururjuaq National Park.

    The biggest National Park in Québec

    The proposed area for the new Parc National des
Lacs-Guillaume-Delisle-et-à-l'Eau-Claire covers 15,549 square kilometres,
which would make it the biggest National Park in Québec. The territory extends
from the east coast of Hudson Bay eastward for around 230 kilometres. The
water coverage of the lakes and rivers of this territory is impressive, as
much in number as in area. Lake Guillaume-Delisle is completely located on the
western side of the territory and is bounded by stunning cliffs that rise to
some 400 metres in height. Some 700 square kilometres in size, Lake
Guillaume-Delisle is connected to Hudson Bay by a narrow channel used by
Belugas and seals. Some 100 kilometres further east is Lake Eau Claire whose
area of 1,226 square kilometres makes it the second largest natural lake in
    Documentation about the creation of the
Lacs-Guillaume-Delisle-et-à-l'Eau-Claire National Park and information on how
to participate in the public hearings may be found on the MDDEP Website:


SOURCE: Philippe Cannon Serge Labrecque Press Agent Communications Officer Cabinet, Ministère du Développement durable, de Ministère du Développement l'Environnement et des Parcs durable, de l'Environnement et des Parcs Tel.: (418) 521-3911 INFORMATION: Media relations Ministère du Développement durable, de l'Environnement et des Parcs Tel.: (418) 521-3991

For further information:

For further information: Media relations: Ministère du Développement
durable, de l'Environnement et des Parcs, (418) 521-3991; Source: Philippe
Cannon, Press Agent, Cabinet, Ministère du Développement durable, de
l'Environnement et des Parcs, (418) 521-3911; Serge Labrecque, Communications
Officer, Ministère du Développement durable, de l'Environnement et des Parcs

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