Act ensures that local Aboriginal communities have decision-making
control over their territory
MONTREAL, June 19, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Boreal Initiative (CBI)
celebrates the adoption of Bill 42, passed last week by the Government
of Quebec, which establishes the Eeyou Istchee James Bay Regional
"This is a historic moment, that should be noted by all citizens of
Quebec and the rest of Canada," said Suzann Méthot, CBI's Regional
Director in Quebec. "This forward-thinking, nation-to-nation approach
to governance, where regional decisions will be shared by the
Government of the Cree Nation and Jamesians, is the way of the future.
This Act will positively impact decision-making on key issues, such as
land-use planning, conservation, and mining reform."
The Act includes provisions for Cree Nation decision-making on Category
II lands, which cover more than 70,000 km2. It also provides for the creation of a new regional governance
process, where decision-making will be shared by the Cree Government of
Eeyou Istchee and Jamesians on more than 330,000 km2.
"Aboriginal communities living in the Boreal Forest have been stewards
of the land for thousands of years, and are now planning for the future
on their traditional lands. This legislation will help the Crees in
Northern Quebec to realize their vision," said Valérie Courtois, CBI's
Senior Advisor for Aboriginal Relations. "We are pleased that Quebec
has adopted this forward-looking legislation, which respects the rights
of Aboriginal peoples in recognizing Aboriginal leadership in managing
the land and its resources. We believe this is a model for achieving
healthy and meaningful nation-to-nation relationships that respect
provisions in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of
Indigenous Peoples and will lead to the mutual prosperity of all people
living in Eeyou Istchee/James Bay."
About the Canadian Boreal Initiative
The Canadian Boreal Initiative brings together diverse partners to
create new solutions for the conservation and sustainable development
of the Boreal Forest. It works at a catalyst by supporting
on-the-ground efforts across the Boreal, by Governments, industry,
Aboriginal nations, conservation organizations, major retailers,
financial institutions and scientists.
SOURCE: Canadian Boreal Initiative
For further information:
Suzann Méthot, Regional Director - Québec, Canadian Boreal Initiative
(514) 792-1843 firstname.lastname@example.org
Valérie Courtois, Sr. Advisor - Aboriginal Relations, Canadian Boreal Initiative
(709) 899-0578 email@example.com