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Québec City, September 13, 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. The BAPE’s mandate came into effect on March 15, 1999 and runs to March 15, 2000.

In the context of this mandate, the Commission on water management in Québec and the James Bay Advisory Committee on the Environment (JBACE) agreed on special terms and conditions for consulting the Cree nation. The James Bay and Northern Québec Agreement stipulates that "the Advisory Committee shall be a consultative body to responsible governments and as such shall be the preferential and official forum for responsible governments in the Territory concerning their involvement in the formulation of laws and regulations relating to the environmental and social protection regime…".

The consultation on water management will involve close collaboration between the BAPE and the JBACE. André Beauchamp, Chairman, and Gisèle Gallichan, Commissioner, will represent the Commission on water management in Québec while the JBACE will delegate Romeo Saganash, Chairman, and two other members: Jacques Lefebvre and Harm Sloterdijk.

The public information sessions will be held in the communities of Oujé Bougoumou, Chisasibi and Whapmagoostui as follows:


Date / time


Oujé Bougoumou

 September 15, 1999
1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Band Office
Conference room
207 Opemiska


September 16, 1999
1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Community auditorium
Center road


September 17, 1999
1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Tommy Masty Memorial Hall
Street 1


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 on time and place will be released at a later date.

Romeo Saganash, JBACE Chairman, and André Beauchamp, Commission Chair, are pleased about this collaboration. According to Mr. Saganash, "We have found a means of working together that associates our respective institutions while allowing them to remain distinct and that respects the principles established on the Territory by the Agreement". "The experience and opinions of the Cree nation are essential on an issue as important as water management," stated André Beauchamp. "The formula implemented will enrich and enhance the consultation".

For further information from the BAPE, please contact Louise Bourdages or Serge Labrecque at: 1-800-463-4732 (toll-free), or by e-mail at:

For information on the JBACE, please contact Denis Bernatchez at: (418) 528-7354, or by e-mail at:


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Louise Bourdages
Information agent
Phone: (418) 643-7447 or 1-800-463-4732


Ó Gouvernement du Québec, 1999