WENDAKE, QC, July 25, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - AFNQL Chief Ghislain Picard
today said he is pleased by the recent success of the Cree Nation and
offered his congratulations to Cree Grand Chief Matthew Coon-Come on
signing an agreement on governance in the James Bay territory. But as
Chief Picard added, "Sooner or later, Premier Jean Charest will have to
give the same energy to resolve the situations holding back other First
Nations." The absence of Premier Charest from an important meeting with
Aboriginal leaders today in Halifax demonstrates once again his
negligence and lack of respect towards the First Nations.
It has become a tradition for the premiers of the provinces and
territories to meet with Aboriginal leaders in advance of meetings held
by the Council of the Federation.
"The premier of Quebec has the duty to take account of all First Nations
in Quebec concerning their territorial presence and activities. He
cannot limit himself to simply follow up on agreements signed by his
predecessors with a few Aboriginal nations. Of course, we are happy for
the Nations signing agreements and we can applaud that they have
accomplished as much. But what about all the others? This is a question
that cannot be ignored," noted AFNQL Regional Chief Ghislain Picard in
response to the signing yesterday of an agreement on governance with
the Cree Nation.
"A vast majority of our First Nations find that the Charest government
closes the door to them when it comes to matters of territorial
management and the sharing of resources. We strongly condemn the
provincial government's attitude in this regard. It is having and will
have increasingly harmful effects on the harmonious development of
Quebec's economy. The Charest government's record over the past nine
years gets a failing grade on this issue, among others.
"By refusing to meet with Aboriginal leaders today in Halifax, Jean
Charest is only confirming his negligence in addressing issues of
crucial importance for Quebec's future," added the AFNQL Regional
About the AFNQL
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organization of 43 First Nations Chiefs in Quebec and Labrador (www.apnql-afnql.com).
SOURCE: ASSEMBLY OF FIRST NATIONS OF QUEBEC AND LABRADOR
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