The CNG and the communities are working intensely to develop protected area proposals based on Cultural importance. With the help of Nature Conservancy Canada, we have been collecting cultural information from land users and incorporating conservation science for final proposals.
More community consultations to be held to determine more target areas.
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–Provides Crees with rights and benefits for local and regional government, land rights, natural resources, hunting, fishing and trapping, environmental protection, wildlife conservation
–Many other agreements have followed, and have furthered the implementation of the JBNQA ; Paix des Braves, Governance agreement, Cree-Canada agreement…
–Canada supports Indigenous led conservation initiatives
–Confirmed Indigenous Peoples rights to resources and land, traditional knowledge, land use planning
Cree rights to hunt, trap and fish and practice the Cree way of life continue in designated protected areas.
These rights supersede, or come above, protected areas and parks legislation.
Cree Vision of Plan Nord (2011) set the orientations for the Crees engagement in Plan Nord.
Under the new Plan Nord orientations, Quebec wants maintain their goal of 12% protection in the “boreal forest” (the southern half of Eeyou Istchee).
The CNG/GCC Council/Board has already rejected a 12% protected areas limit in a resolution passed in September 2012
The Cree leadership is insisting that the 20% target be applied to all of Eeyou Istchee as well. We will therefore use this target in the network planning process
In 2012, the Cree Nation Government /Grand Council of the Crees (E.I.) created the Eeyou Protected Areas Committee (EPAC)
EPAC has reps from the 10 Cree communities, the Cree Trappers Association, Youth Council, and the CNG Environment and Cultural Departments
EPAC mandated to work on a coordinated approach for protected areas development in Eeyou Istchee
The Cree Regional Conservation Strategy (CRCS) was developed by the CNG and the EPAC in 2013
–Lake/Stream Edges (Riparian areas)
–Landform (cliffs, slopes, flats)
–Climate (wet vs. dry)
Eastmain (2015, 2018)
Chisasibi (July 2016, June 2017, Nov 2017)
Mistissini (July 2017, Aug 2017)
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.