Preserving our wildlife and our identity.
Thanks to the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement (JBNQA) and the The Northeastern Quebec Agreement (NEQA), the Hunting, Fishing and Trapping Regime exists to recognize, protect and prioritize native harvesting rights on the territory.
The regime applies to terrestrial mammals, freshwater and anadromous fish, migratory birds, and marine mammals and grants the Cree, Inuit, and Naskapi beneficiaries the right to harvest any species of wildlife at anytime and anywhere in the territory to meet their subsistence needs. The beneficiaries also have the exclusive use of certain species like the beaver, bear, polar bear and sturgeon.
The Cree Nation defines conservation as follows:
“The pursuit of the optimum natural productivity of all living resources and the protection of the ecological systems of the territory so as to protect endangered species and to ensure [… ] the continuance of the traditional pursuits of the Native people [… ].”