The Agreement

In 2002, the Québec government and the Crees of Québec agreed to institute a new relationship with one another based on their shared desire to pursue the development of Northern Québec and promote the development of the Cree Nation. On February 7, 2002, they signed the 50-year Agreement Concerning a New Relationship Between the Gouvernement du Québec and the Crees of Québec  (ANRQC), commonly called the Paix des Braves.

The Agreement is based on the commitments of the James Bay and Northern Québec Agreement linked to the Crees’ economic and community development. The parties to the Agreement pledged to work together to devise means to develop mining, forest and hydroelectric resources on the territory covered by the James Bay agreement.

The Agreement contains an entire chapter on forestry (Chapter 3), which discusses the Adapted Forestry Regime.

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Chapter 3 of the Agreement

The Agreement Concerning a New Relationship Between the Gouvernement du Québec and the Crees of Québec contains a chapter on forestry (Chapter 3). Its provisions set up an Adapted Forestry Regime (AFR), which defines the rules and procedures applicable on Agreement territory and seeks to better take the traditional Cree way of life into account, while integrating sustainable development imperatives. It enables the Crees to participate in the forest management activity planning and management processes.

For more information, go to the section Adapted Forestry Regime.