The Gouvernement du Québec approved the designation of the Réserve de territoire aux fins d’aire protégée Namewaakamiishtikw-Piskuchitishu-Siipii following the submission in the fall of 2020 of a joint brief from the Minister of the Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change, the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, and the Minister of Forests, Wildlife and Parks. The legally protected status contemplated for this territory is that of a “biodiversity reserve,” which is governed by the Natural Heritage Conservation Act.
Geographical location, boundaries and dimensions
The Réserve de territoire aux fins d’aire protégée Namewaakamiishtikw-Piskuchitishu-Siipii was established to offer the community of Eastmain protected areas in its trapping areas. It is contiguous to the Réserve de biodiversité projetée de Paakumshumwaau-Maatuskaau. Its configuration was elaborated in light of the drainage basins of the Rivière Conn and the La Pêche River. The territory features peaty depressions and rocky landforms. It marks the transition between the territorial zones of the Coastal Area of James Bay and Coastal Area of Rupert Bay. Cree tallymen and Eastmain community residents have expressed a strong interest in protecting the drainage basins of the Rivière Conn and the La Pêche River because of their historic and cultural importance. Lake sturgeon, a species likely to be designated threatened or vulnerable in Québec, is also found there.
Protection measures applied in the territory
No natural resource exploration or exploitation activity (mining, energy and forests) is allowed in the territory of the territorial reserve for protected area purposes. The Minister of Energy and Natural Resources and the Minister of Forests, Wildlife and Parks will ensure the maintenance of the administrative and legal provisions that their prohibition requires.
Note 1. Land covered by mining titles is landlocked in this territorial reserve for protected area purposes. The holder of the titles can continue to access the land as was previously the case. The construction or creation of a new road is usually incompatible with the objectives of a territorial reserve for protected area purposes. However, in the case of the mining titles covering landlocked lots, the holders can build a road to access the land that their rights cover. They must inform accordingly beforehand the Ministère de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques, which may then impose mitigation measures on the natural environment and the implementation conditions.