Publication of the BAPE report on the current status and management of final waste

On March 8, 2021 the Bureau d’audiences publiques sur l’environnement (BAPE) launched a broad consultation on the current status and management of final waste. This mandate was entrusted to the BAPE by the Minister of Environment who deems it necessary to conduct an in-depth reflection on the disposal of final waste throughout Québec, including the territory defined under Section 22 of the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement (JBNQA).

In a spirit of cooperation and respect, the consultation on the territory was co-chaired by the Chair of the James Bay Advisory Committee on the Environment (CCEBJ), Ms. Melissa Saganash, and by the Chair of the BAPE commission, Mr. Joseph Zayed. A virtual meeting was held on September 16, 2021. During the meeting, representatives of the Cree Nation Government as well as the Cree and Jamésien communities discussed the main issues regarding the management of residual materials in the territory.

On January 25, 2022, the BAPE released its final report in which a chapter is dedicated to the territories under agreements, chapter 11. The chapter is available in English (which includes a Cree translation for the Cree section of the chapter) and French. You can read the full report on the BAPE website.