Washaw Sibi Eeyou

The River That Runs Into the Bay

The Washaw Sibi Eeyou has a distinct history and a vision to establish a new tenth (10th) Cree First Nation community within Eeyou Istchee.

We, the Cree people of Washaw Sibi have an inherent right to implement our plan to build a new community for our members. We have a right to govern ourselves and to have a home where we can ensure the survival and health of our people, our language, and our culture.

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Speaking Notes for Chief Billy Katapatuk, Sr. at the Signing of a "Declaration of Cooperation" Between the Town of Amos and Washaw Sibi

June 22, 2009
Amos, Quebec

Today is an important day in the history of Washaw Sibi. For many years we have been working hard to bring into reality the dreams of our people, and particularly, the dreams of our Elders to create a new village where we would be able to speak our own Cree language, to ensure that our Cree language would be protected forever, and to ensure that our Cree culture would not be lost. We have worked hard to correct an injustice which was done to our people when we were coerced into leaving the area which we inhabited traditionally.

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Section 5.4 of New Relationship Agreement with Canada

"... Immediately following the coming into force of this Agreement, the CRA undertakes to initiate exploratory discussions with the Washaw Sibi Eeyou in order to identify possible options for the Washaw Sibi Eeyou. The CRA, and subsequently the Cree Nation Government, is responsible for any costs associated with implementing an option agreed on by the CRA and the Washaw Sibi Eeyou. If the CRA and the Washaw Sibi Eeyou decide to proceed with negotiations regarding recognition of the Washaw Sibi Eeyou as a separate Cree band, Canada and Quebec will be invited to participate, subject to Section 2.8 of this Agreement."


Presentation by the Cree Nation of Washaw Sibi to a Hearing of the Cree-Naskapi commission

Februrary 7, 2008
Montreal

On behalf of the Washaw Sibi Eeyou I would like to extend best wishes for a happy and peaceful new year from our community members. We are honoured to have the opportunity to make a presentation to the Cree Naskapi Commission about our concerns and our expectations of Canada in addressing our concerns. We are also, of course, grateful to the Commission for inviting us to speak to you today, as this invitation represents a further acknowledgement of Washaw Sibi's status as the tenth Cree First Nation. Thank you for following the lead of the Grand Council and the Cree Nation in this acknowledgement.

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Briefing Document for Quebec MP's and MNA's Regarding the Washaw Sibi Eeyou

Aug 2005

The Washaw Sibi Eeyou has a distinct history and a vision to establish a new tenth (10th) Cree First Nation community within Eeyou Istchee. We, the Cree people of Washaw Sibi have an inherent right to implement our plan to build a new community for our members. We have a right to govern ourselves and to have a home where we can ensure the survival and health of our people, our language, and our culture.

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