WENDAKE, QC, July 5, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - The AFNQL gratefully
acknowledges the outstanding contribution of Mr. Éric Gourdeau to the
development of relations between Aboriginal Peoples and all the
Quebeckers. Having recently passed away, Mr. Gourdeau was the first
Deputy-Minister of Aboriginal Affairs in the Quebec government, under
the direction of René Lévesque.
"Éric Gourdeau was the source of many initiatives fostering closer
relations between our people, and the recognition of the Aboriginal
Nations by the Quebec government, including the adoption by the
National Assembly, in 1985, of a formal declaration to this effect. The
spirit of this document should still be an inspiration to us all and
give us the initiative to develop meaningful relationships and on a
nation-to-nation and mutual respect basis", reiterated Ghislain Picard,
Chief of the AFNQL.
Chief Picard, on behalf of the Chiefs' Assembly, offers his most sincere
condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Gourdeau.
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
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