In a lavish gala held at the ballroom of the Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City, past and present members of the Grand Council celebrated, alongside many Quebec political figures, the 10th anniversary of the signing of the Paix des Braves agreement.

On February 8, the Crees played host to more than 200 for a gala banquet soirée and re-enactment of the signing between then Grand Chief Ted Moses and former Premier Bernard Landry.

In his speech, Landry made reference to the fact that there wouldn’t be a Plan Nord without a Paix des Braves.

Grand Chief Matthew Coon Come also spoke about the impact that the agreement had on the Crees and the world.

“The Paix des Braves has demonstrated that it is possible to acknowledge unique rights, to respect another’s perspective, to understand differences, to appreciate one another’s visions, and to give expression to all these by finding common ground for everyone’s mutual benefit.”

The historic 2002 agreement was responsible for the implementation of existing obligations of the Quebec government to the Cree people under Section 28 of the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement.