Conservation Planning

Building a strong economy, and creating business opportunities and good jobs is a priority for the Cree Nation. Planning for large scale Conservation Zones would require a balanced, comprehensive approach to lands planning. This means considering and weighing benefits and constraints related to both development and conservation opportunities, and factoring in other considerations such transportation infrastructure, road networks …etc.


La Grande Alliance is an agreement for collaboration and consolidation of socio-economic ties between the Cree Nation and Quebec government to connect, develop and protect the territory.

Defining 30% protection status adapted to Eeyou Istchee

By 2035, 30% will be devoted to environmental protection, safeguarding biodiversity and for purposes other than industrial activities. The Cree Nation are currently identifying tools to support this objective.

Some potential planning objectives under the 30% protection and beyond

  • Protect important wildlife habitat (for food security & enhancing Cree hunting way of life) and for species at risk
  • Build connectivity of protected areas network (such as river corridors and watershed catchments)Name of the element
  • Enhance economic opportunities related to culturally grounded, low-impact tourism
  • Protect highly valued cultural heritage areas/routes
  • Buffer against impacts of climate change

Conservation Zoning Tools

  • Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCAs) - Self declared
  • Other designations under Natural Heritage Conservation Act (e.g. man-made landscapes, nature reserves)
  • Municipal Powers Act (Conservation zones through land use planning)
  • UNESCO world heritage site

    • MERNs “Geoparks” or “exceptional geological site”

  • Woodland Caribou Range Planning

    • Establish special wildlife management zones
    • Development of territory policies (mining, culture, access and occupancy, water resources, wildlife, etc.)

  • Enhance Wildlife Protection resources

    • Eeyou Istchee Land Keepers Program
    • Enhance monitoring of land & wildlife
    • Determine planning to ensure habitat restoration (roads, silviculture, etc.)

  • Develop water resources strategy

    • Enhance sustainable resources development projects (Tourism, outfitting, non-timber forest products, bio-agriculture, fisheries resources, etc.)