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Northern Development

The Government of Québec supports the Cree communities of Mistissini and Oujé-Bougoumou

Mistissini, September 5, 2013 – The Minister of Natural Resources, Martine Ouellet, and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Élizabeth Larouche, were in Mistissini today for the official signing ceremony of the Entente finale de règlement concernant le transfert de certaines terres de Mistissini au gouvernement du Québec (Final Settlement Agreement Concerning the Transfer of Some Mistissini Land to the Government of Québec), along with the Grand Chief of the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee), Matthew Coon Come, Vice-President of the Cree Regional Authority, Rodney Mark, and Chief of the Cree community of Mistissini, Richard Shecapio.

The agreement enables Québec to recuperate more than 2300 km2 of land, corresponding to the land base assigned to the neighbouring community of Oujé-Bougoumou when it was created. The agreement with the community of Mistissini represents a settlement of the Government’s financial obligations to the Crees of Mistissini as described in Schedule G of the Paix des Braves agreement. It also fosters conditions that are conducive to the development of natural resources.

As Minister responsible for the Secrétariat au développement nordique, I am pleased to be here today to formalize this important agreement for the communities of Oujé-Bougoumou and Mistissini. The agreement illustrates our Government’s will to accompany the Cree community of Mistissini, enabling it to develop projects that contribute to its vitality,” said Martine Ouellet.

In return for the retrocession of land, $20 million will be paid to the community, representing a major economic lever for the development and diversification of Mistissini’s tourism industry, particularly in the context of new services being offered through the joint management of the Lacs-Albanel-Mistassini-et-Waconichi wildlife reserve and the future Albanel-Témiscamie-Otish Québec national park.

This agreement confirms the category IA, IB, and II lands for the Cree Nation of Oujé-Bougoumou, the last Cree community to be formally included in the James Bay and Northern Québec Agreement. I would like to express my very sincere appreciation for the cooperation that existed with the Government of Québec in the negotiations that led to this signing. We are very pleased to see our neighbours in Oujé-Bougoumou obtain a land base and benefit from the same rights and privileges as other Cree communities,” said Mistissini Chief Richard Shecapio.

This signing demonstrates that the Government honours its commitments and takes to heart the harmonious development of Aboriginal communities in Québec. The community can enjoy renewed socio-economic vitality, which will stimulate the job market for Cree youth in the region. This is an excellent example of an investment in northern development that benefits everyone,” said Élizabeth Larouche.

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  • Signature de l’Entente finale de règlement concernant le transfert de certaines terres de Mistissini au gouvernement du Québec.

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