The cries of Eeyou Istchee reiterated on Friday their firm opposition to any uranium mining on its territory, in Nord-du-Québec.
This opposition movement is particularly virulent towards the Matoush uranium project, in the Otish Mountains, about 210 kilometers northeast of Mistissini. The uranium content of the site was considered to be one of the highest in the world.
First undertaken by Strateco Resources Inc., this project is located on the family hunting territory of the Cree Nation of Mistissini and at the top of two large watersheds that supply water to the entire Eeyou Istchee region.
“The social acceptability of the development projects proposed to the Cree Nation of Eeyou Istchee has been recognized as a fundamental aspect of the solid nation-to-nation relationship that exists between the Cree Nation and Quebec,” said declared Friday the great chief Abel Bosum, by press release.
In 2013, the Minister of the Environment of Quebec did not give Strateco the authorization to go ahead with its advanced exploration program, due to the obvious and decisive lack of social acceptance of the Matoush mine project from the Cree community.
“The people, and more particularly the young population, of the Cree Nation of Mistissini have played a decisive role in the awareness and action of the Cree Nation regarding the risks of uranium mining in Eeyou Istchee”, underlined the head of Mistissini, Thomas Neeposh.
The territories of the Cree Nation of Eeyou Istchee are located north of Abitibi-Témiscamingue.