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James Bay Project: Cree surrender land in historic agreement

The Story

On Nov. 15, 1973, the Cree and Inuit win a major court victory when Mr. Justice Albert Malouf of the Quebec Superior Court grants an injunction to stop the construction of the James Bay Project. The injunction is overturned a week later but it paves the way for the first modern-day land claim settlement in Canada. On Nov. 11, 1975, the Cree and Inuit give up their claim to certain land in northern Quebec in return for $225 million in compensation. The far-reaching James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement also gives the Native people special hunting and fishing rights and more opportunity for self-government.

Medium: Radio
Program: CBC Radio News
Broadcast Date: Nov. 12, 1975
Guest: Robert Bourassa
Reporter: Richard Inwood
Duration: 1:37

Did You know?

• Most of the land in northern Quebec was once considered part of Rupert's Land, under the domain of the Hudson Bay Company. The province took over the land when its boundaries were extended in 1898 and 1912.


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