45°30’12.7″N 73°34’30.2″W

By Nina Robertson

45°30’12.7″N 73°34’30.2″W are the geographical coordinates of a commemorative plaque erected in 1922 on the McGill Campus [Trigger and Pendergast, 1972]. The plaque reads:

Near here was the site of the fortified town of Hochlaga. Visited by Jacques Cartier in 1534. Abandoned before 1600. It contained fifty large houses. Each contained several families who subsisted by cultivation and fishing.

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Innus Against the Val Jalbert Mini Power Plant

By  Alana-Kateri La Rosa Dancoste

In 2007, the Conseil des Montagnais du Lac-Saint-Jean, the Domaine-du-Roy MRC and the Maria-Chapdelaine MRC finalized a partnership agreement focused on energy development in the region. The Société de l’énergie communautaire du Lac-Saint-Jean aimed to ‘’maximize local benefit of projects that respect the values and interests of the settings in which they are established’’. Read More

Naskapi Environmental Impact Assessment

By Kelly Marquis

The environmental impact assessment procedures for the Cree, Inuit and Naskapi communities stand apart from other regions of Québec, because these Aboriginal groups have specific agreements with the Québec government concerning the environment.  Several years after the James Bay and Northern Québec Agreement was put forth, the Cree signed an economic and political agreement with Québec.  Read More

The Forestry Toolbox Strategy

By Ramnik Riar

The forestry industry is one of Canada’s top primary resource sectors. Members of the First Nations in Quebec formed the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Sustainable Development Institute (FNQLSDI) and have developed the forestry toolbox in order to advocate sustainable forestry management. The forestry toolbox is a tool used by First Nations which is aimed at sustainable resource management of ancestral lands. Read More

The Baril Moses Agreement

By Kayza Graham

In 2002, the Baril-Moses Agreement was signed between the Quebec government and the Grand Council of Crees (GCC, 2015). The Baril-Moses Agreement was signed in response to concerns about forestry practices where the Cree have 14 traplines. A separate agreement was signed around the same time concerning forestry practices within the territory of the James Bay Northern Quebec Agreement, called the Paix des Braves Agreement. Read More