Environment and Remedial Works

Our vision is of a land of natural beauty where healthy ecosystems sustain our traditional lifestyle while balancing modern needs.

Our mission is to protect the air, land and waters of Eeyou Istchee for the benefit of all, both today and tomorrow.

The Environment and Remedial Works Department works on a wide range of issues related to forestry, mining, land use planning, wildlife management and protected areas.

Our Mandate

The mandate of the Environment and Remedial Works is to monitor, implement, coordinate and advise on all matters related to the environment in the Cree territory in accordance with the agreements and legislation.

Our Work

A big part of our job is to implement the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement and successive agreements so as to ensure Cree rights related to the environment are respected. We also work in support of, and in collaboration with, Cree communities on these matters, as their perspectives and interests are at the heart of our work.

Our Responsibilities

  • Develop, recommend and implement Cree Nation Government by-laws respecting the protection of the environment.
  • Analyze and review major development projects being proposed in the territory.
  • Ensure that Cree priority conservation areas are incorporated in the protected areas planning.
  • Support and implement land use planning processes in Eeyou Istchee.
  • Review regulations related to hunting and fishing in the Cree territory.
  • Participate in wildlife management and conservation.
  • Protect the rights of the tallyman and land users of the territory with respect to wildlife and wildlife harvesting.
  • Collaborate with proponents to ensure Cree participation and Cree knowledge exchange in environmental matters according to agreements.

Our Existing Priorities

  • Protected areas
  • Mining
  • Land use planning
  • Environment management in category II and III lands
  • Lands standards and/or guidelines
  • Wildlife management and conservation
  • Environmental assessment
  • Geographic information systems (GIS) capacity and capability
  • Monitoring

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284 Queen St, suite 202, Mistissini, QC G0W 1C0


700 Rue de La Gauchetière Ouest, Montreal, QC, Canada

Contact us

By phone

Main office

(418) 923-2652

By email

Contact - Environment and Remedial Works