The Grand Council of the Crees met behind closed doors in Montreal’s Sheraton Centre on December 10 to discuss policing problems in Cree territory. Prior to the meeting, Vice-Grand Chief Kenny Blacksmith had reopened negotiations on policing with Quebec Public Security Minister Claude Ryan. Discussion at the meeting centred around the composition of the negotiating team and whether changes to it were necessary.
The meeting was heated. Before things were fully resolved, Chief Billy Diamond left to catch a plane home. Shortly after, others began using the elevators. A full report on policing will appear in the next issue.