This program aims to reduce impurities in traditional foods and provides information to help northern communities make informed decisions about their diet. In 2008-2010, INAC spent a total of $280,800 on two projects: coordinating contaminants research in Nunavik and writing a health, food and contaminants newsletter, as well as other local contaminant initiatives. The James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement is an Aboriginal settlement that was approved in 1975 by the Cree and Inuit in northern Quebec and slightly amended in 1978 by the agreement in northeastern Quében. The agreement covers economic development and property issues in northern Quebec, as well as the establishment of a series of cultural, social and governmental institutions for Aboriginal peoples who are members of treaty communities. On June 18, 2009, a new five-year funding agreement was concluded for the eeyou-Eenou police. This agreement is the result of the negotiation and revision of Complementary Agreement 19, which amended Section 19 JBNQA. The new agreement will allow at least 70 police officers to patrol cree communities. The JBNQA and NEQA were the first land-use agreements signed in modern times between the governments of Quebec and Canada and the Aborigines. These agreements contain components of self-management and lay the groundwork for a new relationship between the Cree, Inuit, Naskapi and the Government of Canada. The area covered by the JBNQA and THE NEQA covers more than one million square kilometres of land in Quebec, between the 48th and 62nd parallels. It was once part of a larger federal territory known as Ruperts Land, from which two long distances were transferred to Quebec in 1898 and 1912. When the government refused to address the problem and insisted on dam construction, Cree and the IQA partnered with the Northern Quebec Inuit Association (NQIA). In November 1972, they filed a lawsuit to slow down the project and force the province to negotiate.
Their main argument was that the land transfer agreements for James Bay and northern Quebec, concluded in 1898 and 1912 respectively, declared a commitment to negotiate the surrender of land rights. The Quebec government, which had little interest in its northern territories before 1960, did not consider it necessary to meet this obligation. In 1971, the Quebec government announced the James Bay project of the century, the James Bay hydroelectric development project. The scale of the project meant that the areas historically used by the Inuit and Cree for hunting and fishing were flooded and diverted by the creation of massive reservoirs. However, construction began, and the rights of the Inuit and Cree, who lived in the northern bay of James and northern Quebec, were ignored. Canada`s Aboriginal Human Resources and Skills Development Strategy (HRSDC) enables Aboriginal organizations in Quebec that have signed human resource development agreements to implement their own employment programs that help integrate their clients into employment. In 2008-2010, HRSDC provided a total of $39,560,500 to Cree, Inuit and Naskapi to implement this strategy. The resources allocated to Cree, Inuit and Naskapi have made available to their respective clients various employment measures, including encouraging return to work or school for more than 4,603 Inuit and more than 4,449 Cree.