The proposed New Deal ratified recently by the Cree communities has yet to be officially signed, but the first $7 million payment came through April 1 as stipulated in the agreement.

The money is in a separate account from the Paix des Braves, “where it will stay until the decision is made on how to use it,” according to GCCEA/CRA Executive Director Bill Namagoose. “We have not even had a preliminary meeting yet, there have been no discussions on how to use the money.”

Meetings are scheduled for April 14-15 in Montreal, where the agreement will most likely be signed, Namagoose said.