Cree campaign to protect North Quebec river

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Quebec's Cree are worried about the future of the woodland caribou herds near Broadback River. (Aurelie B. Lemieux, Cree Regional Authority)
Quebec’s Cree are worried about the future of the woodland caribou herds near Broadback River. (Aurelie B. Lemieux, Cree Regional Authority)
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.

Last week I spoke with Chantal Otter-Tetreault, an environmental analyst with the Cree Regional Authority.

To listen to our conversation on Radio Canada International, click here

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Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn is a journalist and manages Radio Canada International’s Eye on the Arctic news cooperation project.

Eilís has reported from the Arctic regions of all eight circumpolar countries and has produced numerous documentary and multimedia series about climate change and the issues facing Indigenous peoples in the North.

Her investigative report "Death in the Arctic: A community grieves, a father fights for change," about the violent death of Robert Adams, a 19-year-old Inuk man from Arctic Quebec, received an honourable mention for excellence in reporting on violence and trauma at the 2019 Dart Awards in New York City.

Her multimedia project on the health challenges in the Canadian Arctic, "Bridging the Divide," was a finalist at the 2012 Webby Awards.

Eilís has worked for media organizations in Canada and the United States and as a TV host for the Discovery/BBC Worldwide series "Best in China."

Twitter: @Arctic_EQ

Email: eilis.quinn(at)cbc.ca

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