The present Agreement constitutes the full and final settlement in respect of the aboriginal rights, including the aboriginal title, of the Crees of Eeyou Istchee with respect to the use and ownership of lands and Resources in Nunavut and in the area comprising Hudson Bay and James Bay. Furthermore, the Agreement settles the land and resource rights, including those of Canada and the Crees, over the islands and the marine waters in this area. The islands in this area represent approximately 1,650 square kilometres of land mass, of which almost 1,050 square kilometres will be owned by the Crees, including rights to the land and subsurface resources. Islands in the southern Hudson Bay, which cover an area of nearly 400 square kilometres, will be jointly owned with the Nunavik Inuit. The federal government will retain ownership over some islands representing approximately 200 square kilometres of land mass in the area. Canada will also retain jurisdiction over the marine waters and ownership of the seabed.The Eeyou Marine Region Wildlife Board is established under the Agreement as an institution of public government to manage and regulate wildlife and harvesting. The Crees have the exclusive right to harvest certain species and they have the right to harvest any species of wildlife in the Eeyou Marine Region to fulfill their economic, social and cultural needs. Exceptionally, some restrictions may be imposed for purposes such as conservation.The text consists of 7 Parts as follows: General (I); Land Use Planning and Consultations (II); Wildlife and Wild life Management (III); Development and Economic Opportunities (IV); Funding Arrangements (V); Archaeology and Ethnographic Resources (VI); Final Provisions (VII).
Implemented by: Eeyou Marine Region Land Claims Agreement Act (S.C. 2011, c. 20). (2012-02-15)
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