AFNQL Urges Jean Charest to Meet Immediately with the Atikamekw Leaders

WENDAKE, QC, July 3, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - "After generations of illegitimate occupation and exploitation of the Atikamekw territory, and more than thirty years of fruitless negotiations, the least Jean Charest could do is to meet with them at the earliest possible date and come to an agreement with them. He at least owes them that, and he knows it full well."

The Chief of the AFNQL, Ghislain Picard, is asking the Quebec Premier to personally intervene in a territorial conflict that has already gone on too long.

"The Atikamekw Nation has always been peaceful and respectful of everyone's prerogatives. It is now the turn of the Atikamekw Nation to command respect. The foremost mark of respect to be demonstrated by the leader of the Quebec government would be to meet immediately with the Atikamekw leaders and listen carefully to what they have to say. This cannot wait any longer", added the Chief of the AFNQL.

"The Atikamekw Nation, quite legitimately, wishes to establish and develop a nation-to-nation relationship with the Quebeckers. That demand can only be responded to by one person, and it is Jean Charest", concluded Ghislain Picard.

About the AFNQL
The Assembly of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador is the political organization regrouping the 43 Chiefs of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador. www.apnql-afnql.com.

SOURCE ASSEMBLY OF FIRST NATIONS OF QUEBEC AND LABRADOR

For further information:

AFNQL
Éric Cardinal
Communications Adviser
Cellular: 514 258-2315
eric@cardinalcommunication.com

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