Bill 16 has been tabled


THE CITY OF QUEBEC, December 10, 2021 / CNW Telbec / – In order to give concrete form to the actions that the Cree Nation expects and to formalize the obligations of the agreements concluded with it, the Minister responsible for Native Affairs Ian Lafrenière today tabled Bill 16. He will, among other things, allow the Oujé-Bougoumou communities have the same official recognition in the legislative body as the eight other Cree communities. The bill amends legislative provisions in order to implement complementary conventions n ° 22 and n ° 27 to the James Bay and the Northern Quebec Convention.

To this end, the bill amends various laws so that the Crees of Oujé-Bougoumou are expressly recognized there as a Cree community enjoying the same rights as the other Cree communities. Other amendments concern the An Act respecting the Cree Hunters and Trappers Income Security Board and reflect the changes made to the Income Security Program for Cree Hunters and Trappers stipulated in the James Bay and the Northern Quebec Convention, which is now the Cree Hunters Economic Security Program.

“This bill will allow the community of Oujé-Bougoumou to pursue its socio-economic development and obtain official recognition, which is of significant symbolic importance. I hope that the Government of Quebec‘s gesture will help maintain a strong collaborative relationship between it and the Cree Nations and that the community of Oujé-Bougoumou will quickly benefit from the positive spinoffs offered by the bill tabled today. “

Ian Lafrenière, Minister responsible for Native Affairs

SOURCE Office of the Minister responsible for Native Affairs

For further information: Source: Mathieu Durocher, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister responsible for Native Affairs, Telephone: 418-805-0233; For further information: Antoine Tousignant, Public Affairs Team Leader, Minister of the Executive Council and Secretariat of the Treasury Board, Telephone: 418-781-9520, [email protected]


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