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Charest signs deal with Cree to give them increased powers in northern Quebec

Matthew Coon-Come (left0 signs an historic new agreement which will put in place a new regime for the governance of the James Bay Territory as Quebec Premier Jean Charest looks on, Tuesday July 24, 2012 at Quebec legislature THE CANADIAN PRESS/Clement Allard
July 24, 2012 - 1:34 PM

QUEBEC - Premier Jean Charest and Cree representatives have signed an agreement that gives the Cree more powers in northern Quebec.

The deal provides for the creation of a new regional government that will replace the municipality of James Bay.

Cree and James Bay residents will be equally represented.

The agreement will give the Cree increased powers over land management and natural resources.

Charest and Matthew Coon Come, the grand chief of the Grand Council of the Crees, signed the agreement at the legislature today.

They hailed the deal as one that should inspire the rest of Canada in its relations with native groups.

The area covers 330,000 square kilometres.

News from © The Canadian Press, 2012
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