Nemaska Protected Areas & Proposals

The Cree Communities of Eeyou Istchee along with the Cree Nation Government have taken the initiative to develop a conservation strategy to meet our goals to conserve our land as much as possible by means of creating protected areas recognized by the Quebec Government and by adopting international practices that fit our needs to achieve our dream of keeping our lands intact for future generations.

Broadback Watershed Conservation Plan

The Broadback River Conservation Area is a large scale, regional conservation project. It is an initiative between the Cree communities of Waswanipi, Nemaska, Ouje-Bougoumou, Mistissini and Waskaganish in collaboration with the Cree Regional Authority/Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee).

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The Chisesaakahiikan Protected Area Proposal

The Chisesaakahiikan protected area proposal was developed directly with the Nemaska tallymen and land users, with the support of the Chief and Council of the Cree Nation of Nemaska (CNN). The Nemaska Cree believe that the land and the people are one, and this protected area proposal reflects this worldview. The proposal is grounded in the cultural, ecological and economic values that are important to the people of Nemaska.

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Proposed Tourbières-Boisées-du-Chiwakamu biodiversity reserve

The proposed Tourbières-Boisées-du-Chiwakamu biodiversity reserve is located in the administrative region of Nord-du-Québec, between 51°0’ and 51°8’ north latitude and 76°57’ and 77°11’ west longitude. It is situated approximately 80 km southwest of the Cree community of Nemaska and an estimated 109 km southeast of the Cree community of Waskaganish.

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Proposed Lac-Dana biodiversity reserve

The proposed Lac-Dana biodiversity reserve is located in the Nord-du-Québec administrative region, between 50°46’ and 51°0’ north latitude and 77°3’ and 77°27’ west longitude. It is situated some 115 kilometres to the north-east of Matagami and some 97 kilometres to the south-east of the Cree village of Waskaganish. It covers an area of 347.4 km² and lies within the territory of the Municipalité de Baie-James, which does not belong to an RCM.

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