The Wemindji Protected Area Partnership: Environment, Development and Sustainability in James Bay.
Our project originated as a partnership
between the Cree Nation of Wemindji on the coast of James Bay in Northern
Quebec and an interdisciplinary team of researchers associated with McGill
University's School of Environment. It has grown to include researchers at
Concordia University and the University of Manitoba, and to include as partners
the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee), Parks Canada, the Ministère du
Développement durable, de l'Environnement et des Parcs (MDDEP) du Québec and the
Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (SNAP).
Our goal is to establish a network of protected areas anchored in Cree
knowledge and institutions for land and sea management, to achieve combined
goals of regional sustainability, biodiversity protection, and cultural
continuity. To date, the project has led to the establishment of the
Paakumshumwaau-Maatuuskaau Réserve de Biodiversité Projetée (Projected
Biodiversity Reserve) in May 2008 and has established momentum toward the
development of the Tawich (Marine) Conservation Area, which is expected to be a
joint undertaking by the east coast James Bay Cree communities, the Grand
Council of the Crees and Parks Canada.
Summer 2015: We are (still) working hard at making this website!