Québec government and James Bay Cree promote mineral exploration with $4.7 billion development deal – CIM Magazine

by ahnationtalk on February 26, 202057 Views

“La Grande Alliance” will help to develop northern infrastructure and protect wildlife in future James Bay projects

February 26, 2020

On Feb. 17 the Québec government and James Bay Cree signed a $4.7 billion memorandum of understanding to facilitate transportation for resource extraction industries, as well as initiatives to improve standard of living and protection of the territory.

The three-phase deal – part of a mandate known as “La Grande Alliance” – is the product of over a year of consultations within the Cree Nation Government and Cree community chiefs, and with the Québec government. Some of the benefits of the plan include the creation of new jobs, increasing the value of Quebec’s natural resources and “positioning Quebec at the center of the global mining sector, especially [in] lithium.”

“In Québec, exploration companies have been working with Cree communities for decades,” Valérie Fillion, executive director at the Québec Mineral Exploration Association, told CIM Magazine. “When we talk about access to the territory, [sharing] the maintenance of existing infrastructures [and constructing needed ones], in a thoughtful way, is important.”

Read More: https://magazine.cim.org/en/news/2020/quebec-government-and-james-bay-cree-promote-mineral-exploration-with-47-billion-development-deal-en/

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