The Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee), the Cree Nation Government, the Cree Nation of Eastmain and Galaxy Lithium (Canada) Inc. announce that they have entered into the Kapisikama Agreement on December 14, 2023, regarding the development and operation of the James Bay Lithium project in Eeyou Istchee, a lithium open-pit mine in the traditional territory of the Cree Nation of Eastmain.
Community approval was expressed through the support of the Chief and Council of the Cree Nation of Eastmain on November 22, 2023. The approval of the Kapisikama Agreement by the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) and the Cree Nation Government on December 6, 2023 represents the support of the Cree Nation as a whole, and ensures a stable regional environment for the development and operation of the James Bay Lithium project.
The Kapisikama Agreement will govern the relationship between the parties while respecting Cree traditional activities and ensuring the promotion of Cree economic and social development based on mutual trust and respect during all phases of the Project through a sustainable development approach. It provides for training, employment and business opportunities for the Crees and particularly the Crees of Eastmain at the Project, as well as for the cooperation and involvement of the Cree parties with Galaxy in the environmental monitoring during all phases of the Project. The Kapisikama Agreement also ensures financial benefits for the Cree parties on a long-term basis, consistent with the Cree Nation Mining Policy and with Galaxy’s approach to develop the Project while ensuring the promotion of Cree economic and social development in a mutually beneficial manner.2023-12-15 – Press Release