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Relocation of the Cree Nation Bears (Peewees)
(Waswanipi, Thursday, September 8, 2016) - Hockey Abitibi-Témiscamingue and the Cree Bears franchise Nations is proud to announce the relocation of the Peewee BB team in the community of Waswanipi, 122 km north of Lebel-sur- Quévillon.
The Waswanipi community is proud to be chosen as the host city for the Peewee BB teams for next season (2016-2017). Also be part of the strong partnership between the Abitibi-Témiscamingue and the Cree nation existing since the mid-80s in the regional structure of minor hockey.
This means great confidence and a great challenge for the community of Waswanipi. The franchise will be located in Waswanipi, Quebec, 122 km north of Lebel-sur-Quévillon and reached an agreement a year to play its home games in their modern facility built in 2015.
About the Cree First Nation of Waswanipi
The current community of Waswanipi is located on Highway 113 along the Waswanipi River and is accessible by car. The name "Waswanipi" means "light on the water." With the Cree community located on the south, we represent the door of northern Quebec. For more details, visit the website of www.waswanipi.com
About Hockey Abitibi-Témiscamingue
Hockey Abitibi-Temiscamingue is one of 14 administrative regions of Quebec Federation ice hockey (Hockey Quebec). Founded in 1976, the agency coordinates the activities of about 3500 players and 250 teams in 18 minor hockey associations and four leagues, in addition to supporting the work of 2,000 volunteers and 400 referees and minor officials. For more details, visit the website of Hockey Abitibi-Témiscamingue www.hockeyat.ca.
For more information please contact;
Marc Désilets, General Director
819-727-2535 poste 222
The General Assembly will take place on September 6, 7 & 8, 2016 at the CHFC.
The CHFC and the Leisure & Sports department will host a Basketball camp for children and youth starting August 15-23, 2016. The Rising Stars will run the camp all week. For more information please contact Amy Happyjack or Clarissa Happyjack at 819-753-2600.
The Waswanipi Fishing Derby will be held on August 12, 13 & 14, 2016. Many prizes to be won over the weekend. The event will take place at the Waswanipi Lake (Old Post). For more information please contact Jonathan Saganash at the Band office at 819-753-2587 or at the CHFC 819-753-2600.
Waswanipi is implementing a pilot project for Private Housing in conjunction with First Nations Market Housing Fund. The Cree First Nation of Waswanipi will build complete homes which will then be sold to community members. Up to 5 units will be constructed.
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Broadback: Cree First Nation Delegation in B.C. to Learn About Protecting Forests from First Nations and Engos Who Signed Great Bear Forest Agreement
Vancouver, March 7, 2016 — Set against the climate action talks in Vancouver between the Prime Minister and Premiers as well as the 2016 GLOBE Leadership Summit for Sustainable Business, the Cree First Nation of Waswanipi met with B.C. First Nations, environmental groups and others who were directly involved in negotiating the Great Bear Rainforest Agreement, to learn about how to best protect their forests in the Broadback region.
The meetings came a week after the official signing of the Agreement, 20 years in the making, and a day after the Great Bear Rainforest Forest Management Act was introduced in the B.C. Legislature by Premier Christy Clark’s Government.
The groundbreaking Agreement provides for the protection of 85 per cent of the Great Bear Rainforest, an area the size of Ireland on B.C.’s north and central coast. The region is the habitat for the rare Kermode or Spirit Bear and is one of the Earth’s most important temperate rainforests. The Agreement involved the Provincial Government, 24 First Nations, environmental groups and the forest sector. It provides for a four-tiered protection system, co-managed by the First Nations, with varying degrees of activities allowed. Nearly a half a million hectares are completely protected, and an additional 1.5 million hectares are conservancies that recognize the First Nation’s importance. In the 15 per cent of the area that allows logging, the Government of B.C. and timber companies agreed to only use ecosystem-based management, which recognizes ecological integrity and human well-being.
“We thank the First Nations who met with us and shared their vision for the Great Bear Rainforest,” said Chief Marcel Happyjack, Chief of the Cree First Nation of Waswanipi. “A key learning for us was that willing partners, such as the Province of B.C. and logging companies, can find creative solutions that work for everyone. We are bringing this lesson back to our discussions with Premier Couillard, the Premier of Quebec and the logging sector.”
In addition to the protection of the Great Bear Rainforest, the First Nations worked with the Province to develop an innovative way to manage climate change: carbon credits managed and sold by the Great Bear Forest Carbon Project. An audit process determines how much carbon is “sunk” by keeping more forest protected. The carbon credits are then sold on the market, benefiting both the Government of B.C. (the main customer) and the First Nations who own the credits. This funding is used to create jobs, notably in the monitoring and stewardship of the area.
“We heard from one Chief that the Great Bear Agreement has now resulted in as many jobs – in stewardship work – as was once created by logging. This proves that protecting forests does in fact create jobs” said the Chief.
The First Nations that Chief Marcel Happyjack and his delegation met with have offered to visit the Broadback in the near future to provide additional advice on how the Great Bear Rainforest Agreement and the Carbon Project can provide a model for solutions that benefit all Quebecers, including the Cree First Nation of Waswanipi.
“If the Province of B.C. and First Nations can sign the Great Bear Rainforest Agreement, we see no reason why we can’t achieve something similar in the Broadbank area with the Province of Quebec, to protect the remaining 10 per cent of unlogged area in our territory,” said the Chief.
Chief Happyjack and his Deputy Chief Mandy Gull travelled to British Columbia with an 8-person delegation that included community members of the Cree First Nation of Waswanipi, hunters and trappers and talleymen, who are Cree land stewards. They met with the following First Nations, individuals and organizations:
- Coastal First Nations Great Bear Initiative (represents nine signatory Nations)
- Kitasoo/Xai’Xais First Nation (signatory Nation)
- Nanwakolas Council (represents seven signatory Nations)
- George Abbott (former Province of B.C. Minister of Sustainable Resource Management during key Great Bear Rainforest negotiations)
- Greenpeace Great Bear Rainforest Campaign
- Canopy (an environmental group that works with forestry companies on sustainable practices)
- NatureBank (carbon credit trading advisors)
Glen Cooper – Communications and Public Relations Officer
The Housing department will host an Information session on HOME OWNERSHIP AND YOU on March 3, 2016 starting at 6:00 PM. This session with take place at the CFNW Administration Building (Band office). Everyone is Welcome!