The last piece for the protection of the Broadback Forest
For more than fifteen years, Cree Communities, including the Waswanipi Community, supported by numerous environmental organizations, by scientists, by large forest product customers, have been asking for the creation of a Broadback protected area of more than 13 000 square kilometers.
In 2015, Canopy was thrilled to be present at the signing ceremony of the Agreement resolving the Baril-Moses forestry dispute, at the invitation of Premier Philippe Couillard. This agreement marked the conservation of an area spanning 9 134 km² right in the heart of the Broadback Forest. This was a significant and positive step that we highlighted with large forest product customers from international and North-American markets.
In this agreement, the Québec government committed to pursue negotiations with the Cree Grand Council (Eeyou Istchee) / Government of the Cree Nation and the Waswanipi Community, regarding additional conservation options on the Broadback territory.
It is now time to honour that commitment.
The completion of negotiations is the last missing piece!
In July 2018, we are celebrating the 3rdanniversary of the Agreement resolving the Baril-Moses forestry dispute. Given that elections are slated for the upcoming fall, we look forward to the completion of negotiations between the Québec government, the Cree Grand Council (Eeyou Istchee) and the Waswanipi First Nation in order to extend the protection of the Broadback forest by adding the missing 3 403 square kilometers.
Our sincere thanks to Oliver Salge/Greenpeace for use of the puzzle’s picture.