|Title||CBHSSJB Strategic Regional Plan (SRP) 2004-2014|
|Year of Publication||2004|
|Corporate Authors||Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay(CBHSSJB)|
This strategic regional plan is the result of a collaborative effort between the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee)/Cree Regional Authority (“Grand Council”) and the Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay (“Cree Health Board” or “CBHSSJB”). It is intended to respond to the needs of the Cree population of Eeyou Istchee (James Bay, Quebec) regarding health and social services. The process of developing this strategic regional plan has its origin in two distinct, but complementary, sources. The first is the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement (“JBNQA”), signed in November 1975 by, among others, the Crees, the Inuit, the Government of Quebec and the Government of Canada. Section 14 of the JBNQA deals with Cree Health and Social Services. It grants the Cree Health Board jurisdiction over the administration of health and social services for the Crees of Eeyou Istchee. Section 14 vests the Cree Health Board with the powers and functions of a regional health council, as well as those of existing and future health and social service establishments in Region 18. It also provides for the obligations of the Government of Quebec to fund health and social services for the Crees. As the “Cree Native Party” for the purposes of the JBNQA, the Grand Council has the mandate to negotiate matters concerning Section 14. Second, on 10 November 1999, Madame Pauline Marois, then Minister of State for Health and Social Services, and Mr. Bertie Wapachee, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Cree Health Board, signed an agreement establishing a process to define the parameters, priorities, results to be achieved and funding framework for health and social services for the Crees. On 26 August 2002, Mr. François Legault, then Minister of State for Health and Social Services, undertook to work with the Grand Council and the Cree Health Board on an accelerated process to resolve questions relating to Section 14 of the JBNQA, specifically with respect to funding parameters for Cree health and social services. This process was further confirmed by letter of 28 March 2003 from Mr. Pierre Gabrièle, then Deputy Minister of Health and Social Services, setting forth a number of orientations and general objectives agreed with the Crees. These are to serve as a basis for continuing work leading to a formal agreement on health and social services for the Crees, as contemplated in the New Relationship Agreement (“Paix des Braves”) signed between the Government of Quebec and the Crees of Eeyou Istchee on 7 February 2002.