The Cree people of Quebec have fought hard to gain rights over the land they have managed for centuries. The mooted separation of Quebec from Canada could put this all at risk.
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If Quebec leaves Canada, Grand Chief Matthew Coon Come warns that Cree Indians will go with the English. Separatists pay heed since an independent Quebec could not survive without the rich resources of Cree lands. A gleaming chain of lakes linked by pine forest have been used as hunting grounds by Cree families for generations. As exploitation of these lands alienate the Cree from the Quebec administration, French officials exacerbate tensions by refusing to acknowledge Cree sovereignty over the north west. The natural abundance of the province makes it a battleground on which Canada’s greatest question might be resolved.
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