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Prime minister Charest and ministers Hamad, Corbeil and Pelletier sign amendments to the Paix des braves with Grand Chief Ted Moses

Québec City, December 12, 2003 – The Prime Minister of Québec, Jean Charest, the Minister of Natural Resources, Wildlife and Parks, Sam Hamad, the Minister for Forests, Wildlife and Parks, Pierre Corbeil and the Minister for Canadian Intergovernmental Affairs and Native Affairs, Benoît Pelletier signed amendments to the Paix des braves today with the Grand Chief of the Council of Crees, Ted Moses, to make changes to the way it will apply in the area of forestry.

"Since we came to power, last spring, we have endeavoured to ensure continuity in the partnership between Québec and the Cree", said Prime Minister Charest. "The agreement signed today confirms our willingness to keep working together for the development of Northern Québec and of Québec as a whole."

“The signing of these amendments will ensure a more coherent application of the forestry provisions of the Agreement Concerning a New Relationship Between Le Gouvernement du Québec and the Crees of Québec, better known as the Paix des Braves,” explained Minister Hamad. “It also confirms the willingness of the Government of Québec to continue to work in a spirit of collaboration, between nations in keeping with this key agreement,” stated Benoît Pelletier.

The amendments make changes, in particular, to the dates on which various measures and clauses will come into effect, especially the starting date for the general forest management plans in the territory covered by the Agreement. They also specify various aspects of the work of the Cree-Québec Forestry Board, establish a basis for discussions concerning the salvaging of timber following a natural disaster, and make changes to certain clauses affecting Cree trap lines.

Minister Corbeil added that “the amendments we signed today are a complement to Bill 14, introduced in the National Assembly this fall. The Bill provides for a one-year postponement of the coming into force of the new general forest management plans, and this measure must be reflected in the Agreement, to ensure that its application matches the timetable we have agreed on. These amendments to the Paix des Braves also reflect the fact that the forestry provisions of the Agreement will begin to be applied earlier this fall, thanks in particular to the launching of the Cree-Québec Forestry Board.”

“I am glad to see that the new government will continue to focus on the implementation of the Paix des Braves and the development of this nation-to-nation partnership,” stated Grand Chief Ted Moses. “The amendments officially adopted today will allow the application of the Agreement in the field of forest to progress normally, and will facilitate the work of the Cree-Québec Forestry Board. The implementation of a forest system adapted to the territory covered by the Agreement is one of its essential aspects, and we are glad that satisfactory progress has been made in this area.”

“The Native nations are essential partners in the management of the forest, and in regional development in general, from both the economic and social standpoints. We intend to continue working with the Crees of Québec to ensure that both sides assume their individual and joint responsibilities, for the benefit of everyone living in Québec,” concluded the Prime Minister and the three ministers.

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Sources :

Christian Barrette
Press Officer
Cabinet du Premier ministre
418 643-5321

Pierre Choquette
Press Officer
Cabinet of the Minister of Natural Resources
Wildlife and Parks
418 643-7295

Mathieu St-Amant
Press Officer
Cabinet of the Minister for Forests, Wildlife and Parks
418 643-7295

Damir Croteau
Press Officer
Cabinet of the Minister for Canadian
Intergovernmental Affairs and Native Affairs
(418) 953-7848


Information :
Lise Guérin
Direction de la planification et des communications
418 627-8609

Romeo Saganash
Director of Québec Relations
Grand Council of Crees
418 564-1598

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