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Eastern James Bay and the Cree

  • Marie-Jeanne S. Royer
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Abstract

The Eastern James Bay, over the last 50 years, has been subject to large scale developments which have caused many modifications to its physical environment. In conjunction with those changes, the people living there have experienced important transformations to their way of life. It is our opinion that anyone wishing to study the impacts of climate change in the region must first be aware and understand these changes and their influence on the local environment and inhabitants. This understanding becomes crucial in the context of a study wishing to identify observed environmental changes by the local communities.

The following chapter explains the recent history of the region, changes to its borders, and the legal agreements and conventions that govern the area. This will be followed by a description of the large scale projects that have taken place and a review of the area’s physical environment. It then moves on to the region’s local inhabitants, the Cree. This section will detail their communities, their traditional activities and the changes to their traditional way of life. Armed with this knowledge, it will be easier for the reader and researcher to understand how the combination of human development, societal change and climate change have all been combined in the region to produce the results observed in Chap.  4.

Keywords

Eastern James Bay Cree Eeyou Istchee Nord-du-Québec JBNQA 

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  • Marie-Jeanne S. Royer
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  1. 1.Geography and Earth Sciences (DGES)Aberystwyth UniversityAberystwythUK

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