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Cree-Naskapi (of Quebec) Act 1984

Category: Legislation
Binomial Name: Canadian Federal Government
Date: 14 June 1984
Sub Category:Legislation
Summary Information:
The Cree-Naskapi (of Quebec) Act came about as a result of the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement (JBNQA) and the Northeastern Quebec Agreement (NEQA). Under s 9 of the JBNQA and s 7 of the NEQA the government was obliged to recommend special legislation relating to local government on the lands held by Canada for the use of the Cree and Naskapi bands. The Act was tabled before Parliament and unanimously passed by both Houses in 1984.
The Cree-Naskapi (of Quebec) Act was the first Indian self-government legislation in Canada. It replaced the Indian Act for the bands affected. Through the passing of this Act powers exercised under the Indian Act, by the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and the Governor in Council, were transferred to the bands. The Act established new legal and political regimes in the form of local governments accountable to the Cree and Naskapi people.

Related Entries

  • Northeastern Quebec Agreement
  • James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement and Complementary Agreements
  • Northeastern Quebec Agreement Implementation Agreement
  • Organisation
  • Government of Canada
  • Legislation
  • Indian Acts
  • People
  • Naskapi Indian Band
  • Cree Indians

  • References

    Department of Indian and Northern Affairs Cree-Naskapi (of Quebec) Act 1984
    Canadian Government (1984) Cree-Naskapi (of Quebec) Act 1984



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