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Eye on the Arctic – Cree campaign to protect Quebec river

Cree in the Canadian province of Quebec are calling on the provincial government to do more to protect the Broadback River in northern Quebec.

The river has long been an important waterway supporting traditional Cree hunting territory.

The river was successfully protected from hydro-electric development with the Paix des Braves Agreement  in 2002.

But increased forestry and mining activity in the area has prompted the Grand Council of the Crees and the Cree Regional Authority to launch a campaign to protect the region.

“The Crees have been fortunate enough to receive wide support for their conservation efforts in the past,” said Grand Chief Matthew Coon Come in a press release issued on April 10, 2013. “We hope that this support continues for our efforts to protect the Broadback River for benefit, not only for the Crees and the residents of James Bay, but for all who appreciate the importance of retaining rare intact ecosystems.

“We know our territory will undergo tremendous change in the coming years and this is why we must act now to ensure there is sustainable balance in this change.”

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