CONNECT. DEVELOP. PROTECT.

La Grande Alliance is an agreement for collaboration and consolidation of socio-economic ties between the Cree Nation and Quebec government to connect, develop and protect the territory.

We are presenting a comprehensive plan to extend the transport network (rail, road, port and airport), improve the standard of living (housing, electricity and internet) and guarantee the long-term protection of the territory (protected areas).

In the spirit of the Paix des Braves, our objective is to build a promising project for the strategic, predictable and sustainable development of the territory. This project was proposed by the Cree community, and will show how First Nations, governments and private companies can work together on developing society through natural resources.

MISSION

La Grande Alliance is an agreement to plan and execute a 30-year infrastructure program that aims to facilitate the transportation of people and goods, and increase the value of natural resources by lowering their transportation costs.

La Grande Alliance will act as a hub organizing and overseeing the development of infrastructure, in the common interest of communities, First Nations, and public and private enterprises seeking to establish, consolidate or harmonize their presence in the territory.

BENEFITS

ECONOMIC

Creation of jobs to meet demand for new projects

Increase in the value of Québec’s natural resources

Position Québec at the center of the global mining sector, especially lithium

ENVIRONMENTAL

Increase in freight transport by rail rather than by truck

Creation of a corridor of protected areas

Contribution to the Quebec plan for electrification of projects

SOCIAL

Better integration of local communities in project development

Improvement of the local living environment and contacts between communities

Better access to communication technologies

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FAQ

  • What is La Grande Alliance?

    La Grande Alliance is an agreement for collaboration and consolidation of socio-economic ties between the Cree Nation and Quebec government to connect, develop and protect the territory.
    It is an agreement to plan and execute a 30-year infrastructure program to extend the transportation network (rail, road, port and airport), improve living standards (housing, electricity and internet) and ensure the long-term protection of the territory (protected areas).

  • Who is behind this project?

    La Grande Alliance is an agreement between the Cree Nation and Quebec government. It follows through on the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement of 1975 and la Paix des Braves agreement of 2002. The Cree Nation and Quebec government will work together to develop the Eeyou Istchee region, with the aim of establishing a legacy project for Québec-First Nations relationships.

  • Who will manage the project?

    La Grande Alliance will create a project office, overseen by a counsel formed of delegates from Cree Nation and Quebec government.

  • When will this project happen?

    The feasibility study will be conducted and finalized in 2020 and the first actions could start in 2021.

  • What is the amount invested in the project?

    The total amount invested in this project is around 5 billion, broken down in 3 phases over the next 30 years. Investments will come from the three levels of government (Cree, Québec and Canada) as well as from the private sector. The feasibility study will confirm the amounts to be invested.

  • How many jobs will be created?

    The feasibility study will confirm the number of jobs created for the construction and maintenance of La Grande Alliance’s infrastructures over the next 30 years and beyond. One thing for sure, the project seeks to involve workers from both the local communities and the rest of Quebec and Canada.

  • What will the project bring to Québec and Eeyou Istchee?

    La Grande Alliance aims at developing infrastructure to facilitate the transport of people and goods, increase the value of natural resources by reducing travel costs and ensuring protection of First Nations land by creating a protected corridor for flora and fauna.

  • What territory will La Grande Alliance cover?

    Eeyou Istchee, the Cree land that represents nearly 30% of Quebec (450,000 square kilometers). The project will start in the South around Matagami and go North to Whapmagoostui and East to Schefferville to connect the Cree territory with the rest of Québec.

  • How does the project differ from the Plan Nord?

    La Grande Alliance is a Cree-Québec joint project to connect, develop and protect the territory of Eeyou Istchee. Thus, it adds from the previous plan with its larger objective and specifically targeted territory.

  • Why is it called “La Grande Alliance”?

    The “Alliance” is the collaboration between the Cree Nation and Quebec government, as well as with the other neighboring First nations, which will also benefit from the connection, development and protection of the territory.
    It is “Grande” because it’s an agreement of significant importance for governments involved, a heritage of the 2002 Paix des Braves agreement.
    “La Grande” is the river which rises in the rugged forest heartland and drains west into James Bay. It is the heart of Eeyou Istchee and has been home of the Cree for centuries.
    All of that together makes La Grande Alliance, an agreement for collaboration and consolidation of socio-economic ties between the Cree Nation and Quebec government to connect, develop and protect the territory.