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NAPECA Project

Partnerships in Indigenous-led Land-Use Planning for an Environmentally and Economically Sustainable Future

Organization: The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC)

Location: Chisasibi, Eastmain, Mistissini, Nemaska, Ouje Bougoumou, Waskaganish, Waswanipi, Wemindji and Whapmagoostui
Country: Canada
Other Organizations Involved:

Cree Nation Government

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Both the Cree Nation Government and Government of Quebec have an interest in permanently protecting ecologically significant lands, and identifying less sensitive lands for development. Historically, decisions about land-use designations in Canada have caused friction due to competing priorities for lands and resources.


This project will support the creation of key geospatial datasets and the implementation of dynamic land-use planning tools and analysis results that will guide conversations between the Cree Nation and Quebec government around land-use designations. This will ultimately support the conservation of ecologically and culturally significant lands, as well as responsible economic development

Main activities

  1. Developing Tools: Data Development; Creating reports, tools and maps (including translation); Meetings, workshops and training;
  2. Create Partnership Case Study: Share results from case study within NCC; Share results externally with Indigenous and conservation collaborators across Canada.


This project will result in a land-use report, conservation assessment tools and results, as well as comprehensive supporting spatial data. The conservation assessment tools and results will allow users to explore the most appropriate land-uses in different areas, based on a suite of criteria deemed to be most important.