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Commission on water management in Québec


PART ONE OF THE PUBLIC CONSULTATION INVOLVING
THE INUIT NATION

Québec City, August 26, 1999 Last fall, the Minister of the Environment mandated the Bureau d’audiences publiques sur l’environnement (BAPE) to hold an inquiry and public hearing on water management in Québec throughout all Québec regions.

In the context of this mandate, the Commission on water management in Québec and the Kativik Environmental Advisory Council (KEAC) agreed on special terms and conditions for consulting the Inuit nation.

This consultation will involve close collaboration between the BAPE commission, represented by commissioners André Beauchamp and Gisèle Gallichan, and the KEAC, which will delegate three representatives.

The consultation will provide an opportunity to hear the testimonies and questions of the communities involved and to get the viewpoints of resource persons from different government departments and agencies, invited by the Commission on water management in Québec.

The public information sessions will be held in the communities of Kuujjuaq and Kuujjuarapik as follows:

DATES

CITIES

LOCATIONS

TIME

September 1, 1999

Kuujjuaq

Kuujjuaq Forum

1:30 p.m.

September 2, 1999

Kuujjuarapik

Recreation Hall
Salle communautaire

1:30 p.m.

For Part Two of the hearing, which involves hearing briefs and opinions, the BAPE Commission will sit in Radisson on October 13 and 14, 1999. Details as to location and time will be released once they are available.

Tommy Grey, KEAC Chair, and André Beauchamp, Commission Chair, are pleased about this collaboration. According to Mr. Beauchamp, they have found a means of working together that allows their respective institutions to remain distinct and that respects the methods that have become customary on lands governed by the James Bay and Northern Québec Agreement. Moreover, according to him, the experience and opinions of the Inuit nation are essential on an issue as important as water management.

For further information, please contact Louise Bourdages or Serge Labrecque at: 1-800-463-4732 (toll-free), or by e-mail at: eau@bape.gouv.qc.ca

 

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SOURCE:
Louise Bourdages
Information agent
Phone: (418) 643-7447 or 1-800-463-4732
E-mail: eau@bape.gouv.qc.ca

 

Ó Gouvernement du Québec, 1999