Working Together to Guarantee the Next Generation of Land Users

Conference held in Chisasibi on November 14-15, in collaboration with Niskamoon, Cree Trappers’ Association, Cree Hunters and Trappers Income Security Board and James Bay Eeyou Companee


On September 19th, 2018, Grand Chief Dr. Abel Bosum convened a meeting with representatives from the Cree Nation Government’s Environment and Remedial Works Department, Niskamoon Corporation, Cree Trappers’ Association, Cree Hunters and Trappers Income Security Board and James Bay Eeyou Companee to discuss the organization of a conference in Chisasibi on November 14th and 15th, 2018.

The conference’s aim was to bring together representatives of all Cree entities, communities, and associations to exchange ideas on how we can work together to improve the lives of Cree Hunters and Trappers in Eeyou Istchee. This event brought together over 90 participants from the Cree Nation communities and employees from regional entities.

Presentations were made on the first part of the day; entities shared information, and presented their administrative structures and programs available to the Eeyou population. Round Table discussions took place on the afternoon of the first day and on the second day; the participants were posed questions to identify the important issues and were asked to begin finding solutions. Towards the end of the day, the facilitators of each of the (6) tables presented the results of the discussions of their Round Table and suggested the next steps.

The Speakers:

  • Welcoming Remarks by Chief Davey Bobbish, Cree Nation of Chisasibi
  • Opening Remarks by Grand Chief Dr. Abel Bosum
  • Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee)/Cree Nation Government’s Presentation by Isaac Voyageur, Director of Environment and Remedial Works and Paul John Murdoch, Corporate Secretary of the Cree Nation Government
  • Cree Trappers’ Association’s Presentation by President Fred Tomatuk,
  • Niskamoon Corporation’s Presentation by Robbie Tapiatic, Director of Remedial Works and Marc Dunn, Director of Environment
  • Cree Hunters Income Security Board’s Presentation by Serge Larivière, Director-general
  • James Bay Eeyou Companee’s Presentation by Henry Gull, President

Round Table discussion topics:

  • Linkages and Communications Between Administrators
    • Programs and Services
    • Financial Reporting and Accountability
  • Trapline Governance
    • Section 24 –Rights and Obligations
    • Safety and Sanitation
  • Governance and Promotion of Traditional Activities
    • Section 22
    • Hunting, Fishing, and Trapping Coordinating Committee (HFTCC)
    • Compensation and Taxation
    • Changing Roles and Conditions
    • Cree Ingenuity

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