The EMRIRB is the institution with the mandate, competence, and credibility to assess, in close collaboration with Cree communities, governments, and stakeholders, the environmental and social impacts of proposed projects in the Eeyou Marine Region.
The Eeyou Marine Region Impact Review Board is an Institution of Public Government (IPG) established in 2013 under the Eeyou Marine Region Land Claims Agreement (EMRLCA). The Agreement is the result of 10 years of negotiations on the rights and obligations of the Crees and the Government of Canada in the Eeyou Marine Region (EMR). This treaty, like other Canadian-Indigenous treaties, acknowledges indigenous ownership to land. In this case, the Cree Nation Government will own 80% of the offshore land mass in the eastern half of James Bay and lower Hudson Bay. In addition, the Crees will have access, hunting, fishing, and trapping rights to the 20% of lands set aside for Canada. As part of the Agreement, the Crees and the Government of Canada also agree to the regulation of land use, hunting, fishing, trapping, and development in the EMR.
The Public Registry is a repository of all information related to project proposals in the EMR. Project proponents must register for an account on the EMRIRB Public Registry to submit a project proposal. Interested parties can also search the Public Registry to stay up to date on all EMRIRB Projects.
All project proposals in the EMR are assessed by the EMRIRB though screening to determine if they should be allowed to proceed and whether they require a formal review. The EMRIRB is also responsible for monitoring all accepted projects. For more details on these processes, consult this section.
Public participation is an important element of an open, honest, and balanced impact assessment process. Consult this section to learn more about how you can participate in the assessment process and how your comments help the EMRIRB make its final decisions about proposed projects.