Critical Elements is therefore very pleased that the project is starting now, as it is sensitive to mitigating the social and environmental impact of its Rose Lithium-Tantale project on the community. Jean-Sébastien Lavallée, Chief Executive Officer of Critical Elements, said: “Critical Elements is very pleased to support and involve the implementation of this magnificent project in collaboration with Eastmain Cree Nation and Niskamoon Corporation. This agreement is directly part of a sustainable social and environmental cooperation that Critical Elements wishes to establish with the local community. “In the past, we have created a company to manage every agreement we have signed,” said John Paul Murdoch, Niskamoon`s secretary. “Considering that we have 12 that have done for many different companies. What happened, for example, was that the group councils did not know who to send project proposals to. By merging everything, it is automatically sent to a place. Another asset in creating Niskamoon is better communication with people and more manpower to work for people. “Before, we had a lot of people on different boards,” Murdoch said. “So we had a lot of people who had to make decisions, but not a lot of people to make them. The Grand Council, along with the chiefs, decided to create the Corporation, which would see only eight people sit on the board of directors, which meant staff in each community. This way, in each community, you have someone you can go to to get information about the different agreements. The Niskamoon Information Management System (NIMS) consolidates information on Projects funded by Niskamoon in a geo-referenced format.
The NIMS is a publicly accessible database and contains minutes of board meetings, resolutions and guidelines. The Eeyou Marine Region Land Claims Agreement is the result of 10 years of negotiations on the rights and obligations of Crees adnd Canada in the offshore territory of Eeyou Istchee. This is known as the Eeyou Marine Region (EMR) or in other words, the territory of the offshore that have occupied and used the Crees traditionally. The Niskamoon agreement was recently signed between the Grand Council of Crees, the Cree Regional Authority and the nine Cree municipalities, as well as the James Bay Energy Corporation and Hydro-Québec. Fishing and Health Programme: Another regional coordinator, in collaboration with local coordinators, manages funds for the development, implementation and monitoring of fisheries restoration projects in Cree. The development of hydroelectric power has had a negative impact on the Cree fishery and funds have been raised to address the issue of the restoration of the Cree fishery in a way that reflects the issue of mercury in the context of the development of hydropower. To inform the public and address health issues, the same coordinator as the representative of the Niskamoon Corporation will work with the Cree Health Board and James Bay Social Services to address health issues related to food and potential pollutants in the environment.