WENDAKE, QC, Nov. 6, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The government of Quebec
intends to develop an action plan to fight discrimination and racism
against First Nations and Inuit. To guide them in this area, the
government gathered during two days this week in Quebec City, more than
a hundred people, Aboriginals or non-Aboriginal, representing a wide
range of backgrounds and government organizations.
That, to the AFNQL is a first step in the right direction.
"Quebec sorely needs to undertake a long-awaited concerted effort to
address, understand and mostly put an end to discrimination and racism
against the First Nations and the Inuit. It is high time that we face
up collectively to this task", stated Ghislain Picard, Chief of the
"Discrimination and racism, at home, among us, in our own backyard, are
not subjects which are easy to handle. For many years now, the AFNQL
has been trying to commit the successive Quebec governments, without
ever tackling this serious societal problem head on, which affects all
of us in a very negative way. I am encouraged by the present
government, the Premier and the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, who
have decided to address this issue. It will be necessary to persevere
in this way, and not give up mid-way. The AFNQL will make sure the
action plan developed by Quebec rests on a sound basis which includes
among others the recognition of Aboriginal Nations by the National
Assembly and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights on Indigenous
Peoples. The AFNQL intends to play an active role in the implementation
of this action plan", concluded Chief Ghislain Picard.
About the AFNQL
The Assembly of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador is the
political organization regrouping 43 Chiefs of the First Nations of
Quebec and Labrador. www.apnql-afnql.com.
SOURCE: Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador
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