Broadback river and Evans lake

Located in the traditional land of the Cree (Eeyou Istchee) in Northern Quebec, this land encompasses large forests, some of Quebec’s largest bodies of water and numerous important species, including the woodland caribou.

This area, once threatened by hydro-development, remains under threat by the forest industry, and possibly the mining industry as well. This has been a home to the Cree for more than five thousand yeras, and where they wish to pursue their traditional way of life.
In 2013, the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee), which represents the multiple Cree communities that have indigenous rights to these lands, put forward a proposal to create a 13,000km2 protected area in this sector (twice the size of Prince-Edward-Island!).

CPAWS Quebec has been collaborating with the Cree for almost 10 years on developing the proposal to protect 13,000km2 around the Broadback River. The protection of this land represents the opportunity for Quebec to create a large protected area in the boreal forest, which would contribute to the protection of several species such as the Woodland Caribou and to reach the 12% protected areas target for 2015.

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