Priorities for 2015-2017

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The priorities of the JBACE are based on the strategic directions adopted for 2013-2018. Given the partial or full achievement of some of the directions, the JBACE would like to emphasize the following priorities for 2015-2017.

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Literature review on the Crees’ environmental and social concerns

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The Crees have witnessed major economic and industrial developments in their territory since the first big hydroelectric projects in the 1970s: mines, roads, forestry (in the southern part of the James Bay region) as well as more hydroelectric projects, such as Eastmain-1A/Rupert in the early 2000s.

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Report of recommendations - Mineral Exploration

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The JBACE published a Report of recommendations regarding mineral exploration and the Section 22 assessment and review procedure. These recommendations pertain to the inclusion and exclusion lists. These lists play a major role in environmental assessments because they determine which projects require an impact study.

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Consultations on Uranium: Phase III

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Uranium exploration projects have raised concerns in several areas across Québec, namely in Mistissini. In 2014, the Québec Government mandated the Bureau d’audiences publiques sur l’environnement (BAPE) to conduct an inquiry and public consultations on issues related to uranium development.

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