Climate change

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Over the past 50 years, the Crees have experienced many rapid and complex environmental changes, and the rapidity of climate change is likely to exacerbate the effects of major development projects and socio-economic constraints, and now represents an additional challenge to their way of life and the maintenance of their identity. The issues associated with climate change are an integral part of the CCEBJ's concerns in a number of areas.

Recent actions:

  • November 2018: participation in the Regional Forum on Climate Change (Eastmain)
  • December 2018: publication of a report titled State of Climate Change and Adaptation Knowledge for the Eeyou Istchee James Bay Territory prepared by Ouranos for the JBACE (available here)
  • March 2019: comments on MELCC’s draft document entitled Climate change and environmental authorizations - A Guide for project proponents
  • November 2019: coordination of the Cree consultation for the development of the Green Economy Plan (Plan pour une économie verte – or PEV – in French, formally known as the Electrification and Climate Change Plan) held in the Ouje-Bougoumou Cree Nation
  • February 2023: Publication of a fact sheet on the impacts of climate change in the Territory in English and in French
  • March 2023: internal JBACE workshop with Cree, federal and provincial representatives to get an update on the parties' climate change initiatives in the Territory