NOTICE - annual report on the quality of drinking water

During its 20th regular meeting held on March 29, 2017, the Council of the Eeyou Istchee James Bay Regional Government (EIJBRG) tabled the annual report on the quality of drinking water throughout the systems of the EIJBRG, according to Section 53.3 of the Regulation respecting the quality of drinking water (CQLR, Chapter Q-2, r.40).

A copy of the annual report on the quality of drinking water is available for review at the offices of the EIJBRG at the following address:

Eeyou Istchee James Bay Regional Government
110 Matagami Boulevard, P.O. Box 500
Matagami, QC    J0Y 2A0

Any user of this water may request a copy of the report to the undersigned.

Ms. Annie Payer, Esq.
Legal Clerk

Plane crash on Broadback River – The Eeyou Istchee James Bay Regional Government offers its condolences to the family and friends

MATAGAMI, May 3, 2016 - Following the tragic air accident that occurred on the Broadback River on Saturday, April 30, 2016, causing the death of Mr. Steve Paradis, 45, from Senneterre, the Eeyou Istchee James Bay Regional Government wishes to offer its condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Paradis and to the citizens of Senneterre.

“It is with great sadness that I learned about the death of Mr. Steve Paradis who was on the plane heading toward the Broadback River. On behalf of the members of the Eeyou Istchee James Bay Regional Government and myself, I offer our sincere condolences to all the family and friends of Mr. Paradis, and especially to his spouse and two children”, stated Grand Chief Dr. Matthew Coon Come, Chairperson of the Regional Government.

The Eeyou Istchee James Bay Regional Government also recognizes the courage of the plane’s two other occupants, Mr. Mario Delcourt and the victim’s brother, Mr. Jean Paradis. We also would like to acknowledge the diligent work performed by the Sûreté du Québec in response to this incident.

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THE EIJBRG REITERATES ITS DEMAND FOR A PROVINCIAL INQUIRY ON THE RELATIONS BETWEEN POLICE FORCES AND INDIGENOUS PEOPLES

Matagami, November 18, 2016 – The Eeyou Istchee James Bay Regional Government (EIJBRG) reiterates its demand for a provincial judicial inquiry on the relations between the police forces and Indigenous peoples.

The announcement made this afternoon in Val-d’Or by the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions (DPCP) on the decision that charges will not be laid in our region regarding the cases investigated by the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) as a result of allegations by numerous native women in October 2015 has forged an irrevocable wider gap between the police forces and Indigenous peoples.

Although the decisions made by the DPCP are based on fundamental principles of our justice system, they should not be considered as an end result relating to the disturbing facts that were publicly denounced by numerous Indigenous women. The allegations that were subject to investigations led by the SPVM have unfortunately resulted in a lack of trust in our institutions by a portion of our population.

Based on the fundamental principle that the population must trust the justice system in place, our institutions have an obligation to take action against any situation that fails to safeguard this vital principle. Notwithstanding the important cases that were investigated, deeper issues at play will require firm action by our higher authorities.

On November 15, 2016, Me Fannie Lafontaine, who was appointed to act as a civilian auditor, tabled her report confirming that the SPVM conducted its investigation based on high investigative standards while reporting only minor observations on certain fundamental issues.  Me Lafontaine further indicated during media interviews that she would be surprised if no accusations were laid.

The only means to rebuild the bridges and to establish solid foundations for all stakeholders is to conduct an in-depth analysis based on a transparent process requiring rigorous principles of equality.  This process requires an immediate provincial judicial inquiry on the relations between the police forces and Indigenous peoples as requested by the EIJBRG in January 2016.

In the absence of a clear and immediate gesture by the Government of Québec, we recognize that the distress experienced by all stakeholders will only increase in a significant manner and the end result based on the sole decisions by the DPCP will be unsatisfactory. This would constitute another sad chapter that will contribute to an increased deterioration of the entire situation. Within such a context, status quo is considerable unacceptable. The EIJBRG is demanding that the Government of Quebec assume its authority and leadership as to avoid relying solely on a Federal inquiry considering that the current context demands extraordinary actions. 

About the Eeyou Istchee James Bay Regional Government

The Eeyou Istchee James Bay Regional Government is governed under the laws of Quebec and it has the same powers, duties and authorities over the Category III lands located in the Eeyou Istchee James Bay territory as those that were allocated to the Municipalité de Baie-James.  It can declare its authority regarding the fields of competence that are under the authority of a County Regional Municipality (CRM) and it also acts as a regional development and integration authority regarding the land and the resources of the territory.  Located between the 49th and the 55th parallels, the territory managed by the Regional Government as a total area of about 277,000 km2.

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Source: 

Mrs. Johanne Lacasse
Director General
819-739-8040

 

Appointment of Grand Chief Dr. Matthew Coon Come as the new President

WHAPMAGOOSTUI, January 27, 2016 – During the 13th Regular Council Meeting of the Eeyou Istchee James Bay Regional Government (EIJBRG), Grand Chief Dr. Matthew Coon Come was formally appointed as the new President.  As per legislation, leadership of the EIJBRG is to alternate between Cree and Jamesian representatives every second year.  

“It is with great pleasure that I accept my mandate as President of the Eeyou Istchee James Bay Regional Government.  This partnership is key to the proper and fair governance of our vast territory.  We are at the heart of many prospected projects, plans, and ideas. As such, we must all take active roles in ensuring that we are part of the decisions, taken as a collective, that are best for the land, for the people, and our futures.” - Grand Chief Dr. Matthew Coon Come

The Members of the EIJBRG extend their gratitude to Manon Cyr for her contributions in her mandate as the Regional Government’s first President.  During this 13th Regular Council Meeting, Ms. Cyr has been elected by her peers and is now Vice-President of the EIJBRG. Ms. Cyr is also Mayor of the Town of Chibougamau.

About the Eeyou Istchee James Bay Regional Government

Pursuant to the 2012 Agreement on Governance in the Eeyou Istchee James Bay Territory, the Eeyou Istchee James Bay Regional Government was created. Responsible for the management of Category III Lands of the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement, the EIJBRG is the largest municipality in Canada with over 275,000 km2 in Northern Quebec. The Members of Council are elected Chiefs and Mayors of the communities, municipalities, and localities of the region. 

The structure of this newly formed Government is adapted to the issues, challenges, and realities of the territory. The powers vested in the EIJBRG allow for equal participation by all citizens, Cree and Jamesian, in the development of the region by creating favourable conditions in which to carry out projects. 

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Contact:
Johanne Lacasse

Director General

Eeyou Istchee James Bay Regional Government

Telephone: 819 739-8040

Fax: 819 739-2713

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