The Cree-Québec Forestry Board (CQFB) was created with the implementation of the Agreement Concerning a New Relationship Between the Gouvernement du Québec and the Crees of Québec (Paix des Braves). This historic agreement, signed on February 7, 2002, marked a new era in Québec-Cree relations, giving concrete expression to a common desire to harmoniously manage Northern Québec’s natural resources while respecting the Cree traditional way of life and supporting the development of the territory’s Cree communities.
The Board was created on September 15, 2003 under Chapter 3 (Adapted Forestry Regime) of the Paix des Braves by the parties to the Agreement to promote close consultation of the Crees during the different steps involved in forest activity planning and management, in order to implement the Adapted Forestry Regime.
The Board is responsible for monitoring, reporting on and assessing the implementation of the Agreement’s forestry component in a sustainable development context, taking the traditional Cree way of life into account and ensuring the Crees’ participation in the forest activity planning and management processes.
The Board makes recommendations to the parties to ensure compliance with the measures and spirit of the Agreement and evolution of the Adapted Forestry Regime.
It is involved in forest management activity planning processes on Agreement territory and participates in the various stages involved in managing and reviewing these activities. It drafts advice on forest plans to the Minister of Forests, Wildlife and Parks. It also has the responsibility to share its proposals, concerns and comments about the legislation, regulations, policies, programs, management guides, practical guides for forestry-related intervention in the field, guidelines, directives and instructions linked to preparing forest management plans.
The Minister of Forestry, Wildlife and Parks must take the Board’s comments and advice into consideration, and inform the Board of his/her position and, if applicable, the main reasons underlying his/her decision.
With regard to the Joint Working Groups present in each of the communities affected by the Adapted Forestry Regime, the Board monitors the implementation of all of the forest management plans on Agreement territory, in terms of their preparation, consultations and monitoring.