About

Cree Traditional Activities Enhancement Program

Not long after the Paix des Braves Agreement was signed with Quebec, the parties recognized that, although there were many provisions directed at harmonizing future forestry development with Cree traditional activities, there was nothing in the Agreement to assist the Cree Trappers in coping with the impacts of forestry after they had occurred.  The parties also recognized that while the forest industry had access to various programs to regenerate the forest for industrial purposes, there were no programs to help the Cree trappers improve the productivity of their traditional activities.  This understanding led to the creation of the Cree Traditional Activities Enhancement Program.

This jointly financed program provides annual project funding for individual Tallymen or trappers whose traplines have been affected by industrial forestry in the past 5 years.  All approved projects must be directed at improving or enhance the trappers traditional activities within the requirements of the corresponding agreement with Quebec.  Typical projects include Cree camp improvements and upgrades, trail and brush cutting, boat docks or landings, goose pond enhancement, etc.

Volet II Program (Forest Resource Development Program—Component II)

The second forest related program created through agreements with Quebec is known as the Volet II Program.  This is a long standing program of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Wildlife (MNRW) that the Crees have accessed for many years.  What is new about this program is that it since 2005 it has been administered by the GCCEI/CRA. Unlike the Cree Traditional Activities Enhancement Program which is directed at individuals, the Volet II project serves to fund special community projects that promote better integrated use, development and protection of the forest resource.  Typical projects here include community hiking/snowmobiling trails, forestry road maintenance including snow removal, programs to supply elders with firewood, tourist relating facilities, community tree planting projects, etc.

Policies

Before moving forward with your request for funding please review the funding policies outlined below.

Policy 1: Requests for subsidies for hunting equipment

Equipment has to be reasonable in the circumstances.
Subsidy of 100 % of the purchase price if reasonable.  $8500 maximum for transportation means such as ski-doos.
Purchase price has to be lowest bid available.
Subsidy given once every 3 years maximum for a maximum total of $10 000.  Repairs and maintenance not covered:  responsibility of owner of the equipment.  Maximum 10 % of the budget envelop of each community on a three-year horizon.
New equipment bought from commercial mainstream vendor must be in conformity with off-highway vehicle legislation and regulation safety requirements.

Policy 2: Ratio of “Quality of Trapline Projects” vs “Equipment Projects”

The objective is that at least 50 % of the community budget envelop should go towards “quality of the trapline projects”, which have positive effects on the environment, ensures the health of the forest and creates Cree employment.
If this is not feasible in a given year, actions have to be taken in order to ensure that the projects funded in the subsequent years have the effect of balancing the ratio.

Policy 3: Request for funding for re-imbursementof projects already undertaken

No request for re-imbursement of projects already undertaken will be accepted for fiscal years 2006-2007 and following.

Policy 4: Camps

Once a main camp has been funded for a particular Trapline, funding cannot be issued for supplementary camps except for small seasonal camps located in a different location.  More specifically, the maximum funding amount for the main camp is $16,000,  The maximum funding amount for the small seasonal camps or reasonable renovations to the main camp is $8,000 annually during 3 fiscal years over a 10 year horizon.

Policy 5: Natural Disasters

In case of cabin or equipment loss due to natural disasters, special considerations will be granted in place of the FPPC policies – within the financial limits of the program – to ensure replacement losses.

Policy 6: Trapline splits

The traplines eligible for Enhancement Projects are those traplines contemplated by the adapted forestry regime and more particularly by section 3.7.2 thereof. Such traplines cannot be split for the purposes of the implementation of the Enhancement Agreement. Projects on split 3.7.2 traplines shall be treated as different projects on a single 3.7.2 trapline.

Policy 7: Firewood

The total amount of claim for firewood is limited at $1275.00 annually which is based on 15 cords @ $85.00.  Any claim exceeding this amount will have to be justified.

Policy 8: Equipment maintenance and repair

Funding claims for equipment maintenance and repair will be refused.

Policy 9: Prioritization of active users

Priority will be given to projects submitted by the most active users.  Amongst other things, projects that benefit ISP recipients will be given priority.  The FPPC may be flexible on the application of Policy no. 4 in order to take into consideration requests of active trapline users.

Policy 10:  Additional funding for projects already approved

No request for additional funding for projects already approved will be accepted