Joshua Iserhoff killed his first black bear this fall on his grandfather’s territory of Eeyou Istchee, in northern Quebec.
It was a proud moment for him as a young Cree man, but also a significant one for the whole family which had gathered for the fall hunting season.
“I would want my children to experience it, I would want my grandchildren to experience this. It just came full circle for me in the past month as we want to protect this land for future generations”, said the young Cree leader.
This weekend Iserhoff, who is the chair of the Cree Nation Youth Council, will join a group of Crees walking to Montreal to hand deliver a message to the province’s environmental protection agency’s (BAPE) commission on the uranium industry in Quebec.
The group has a message for BAPE: There will be no uranium exploration and exploitation on the Cree territory of Eeyou Istchee.
“We are the stewards of the land, therefore we have this responsibility to protect for the generations to come,” Iserhoff said.
The walkers will be leaving Mistissini this Sunday to travel over 850 kilometers to reach Montreal by Dec. 15, the last day of the BAPE’s public hearings on the uranium industry in Quebec.
They want other nations and other Quebecers to join the walk.