On July 24th, The Government of Québec and the Cree Nation signed the Agreement on Governance in the Eeyou Istchee James Bay Territory. The agreement is designed to give the Crees expanded powers over lands and resources. It calls for the creation of a new regional government to replace the Municipalité de Baie-James. The new government will consist of Crees and James Bay residents each having an equal number of votes.
According to the Canadian Boreal Initiative (CBI), the newly signed Agreement on Governance in the Eeyou Istchee James Bay territory between the Crees of Eeyou Istchee and the Government of Québec is an innovative model for indigenous governance across Canada’s Boreal Forest.
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.