Eeyou Marine Region Planning Commission (EMRPC) is one of three entities (along with the Eeyou Marine Region Impact Review Board and the Eeyou Marine Region Wildlife Board) created under the Eeyou Marine Region Land Claims Agreement (EMRLCA); an agreement signed between the Federal Government, Government of Nunavut and the James Bay Cree of Eeyou Istchee, to manage the offshore region of James Bay and southeastern Hudson’s Bay.
Under the agreement the EMRPC is mandated to develop planning policies, priorities and objectives regarding the conservation, development, management and use of land in the EMR and more specifically, includes the following responsibilities:
- Documenting the present uses of the area;
- Develop a land use plan to guide the direct resource use and development in the EMR;
- Implement the land use plan;
- Determine if development projects conform to the land use plan, and;
- Monitor development projects to ensure their conformity with the land use
Land Use Planning
The primary purpose of land use planning in the EMR is to protect and promote the existing and future well-being of those individual communities situated in or using the EMR, taking into account the interests of all Canadians, and with special attention devoted to protecting and promoting the existing and future well-being of the Crees and Cree lands.
The Commission itself is made up of five members, including the Chairperson: two nominees of the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) (Christopher Beck – Member and Chantal Otter Tetreault – Interim Chairperson); one nominee from Nunavut (Elijassie Kavik – Member), one Canada nominee (Lorne McNeice – Member), and a Chairperson – currently vacant.
The duties of the Chairperson include the following:
- Quarterly Commission meetings annually, sometimes jointly with the EMRIRB and EMRWB
- 36 work days annually with honoraria for work days, meeting and travel. Approx. 24,000$ a year)
- Conference calls as needed, likely quarterly
- Chairing meetings as needed
- Signee responsibilities: signing cheques, signing contracts
- Work directly with the Director on the advancement of the EMRPC mandate
- Assist with drafting and reviewing documents in a timely manner
- Building relationships with adjacent management regimes e.g. Nunavik Marine Region Planning Commission (NMRPC) as well as with federal, territorial and provincial government environmental bodies, the Cree Nation Government, and coastal Cree communities.
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