Cree Governance Agreement and Cree Constitution

Opinion and views concerning the Cree Governance Agreement and Cree Constitution

The Governance Agreement and Cree Constitution will strengthen Cree self-government on Category IA lands in the context of the James Bay and Northern Québec Agreement by providing greater autonomy and flexibility.

Opinion: Cree governance accord with Canada is reconciliation in action

By Grand Chief Matthew Coon Come, Published In The Globe and Mail July 20, 2017

On Tuesday, July 18, I signed the Agreement on Cree Nation Governance with Indigenous and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett. I said at the time that this agreement remains faithful to the Cree vision embodied in our treaty, the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement, signed with Canada and Quebec in 1975.

What was this vision?

It has always been one of Cree self-government and self determination. The Cree have always seen our treaty as an emancipation from the Indian Act. But, more than that, we have seen the treaty as a means to regain Cree self-government in Eeyou Istchee.

Read the full article at The Globe and Mail

Philip Awashish's Address on the Governance Agreement and Cree Constitution

Philip Awashish, principal Cree negotiator for the Cree Nation of Eeyou Istchee in the negotiations leading to the signing of the 1975 James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement, shares his views on the proposed Cree Governance and Constitution within the context of recognition and protection of Cree rights.

Mr. Awashish was present at the February 1 consultation Mistissini where he delivered this address.

Read his memoir here.