WENDAKE, QC, April 14, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - The Supreme Court of Canada ruled today in the Daniels v. Canada case and determined that the Metis and Non-Status Indians are "Indians" as outlined under paragraph 91(24) of Canada's Constitution Act.
AFNQL takes the firm position that the First Nations it represents have always asserted and will continue to assert their Titles and Aboriginal and Treaty Rights. The Abenaki, Anishnabe, Atikamekw, Cree, Hurons-Wendat, Innu, Maliseet, Mi'gmaq, Mohawks, Naskapis take great pride in their history, their culture, and these Nations are present in all parts of the territory and urban centers.
"Our Nations were present and active on our territories long before the existence of Canada and its provinces. With all due respect for the Supreme Court of Canada, the members of our First Nations know exactly who they are, and they do not need the courts to confirm their existence", stated Ghislain Picard, Chief of the AFNQL.
AFNQL wishes to make it clear that it will remain very vigilant towards governments who may want to use the judgment handed down today by the Supreme Court of Canada to deny the Titles and Aboriginal or Treaty Rights of First Nations represented within the AFNQL.
About the AFNQL
The Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador is the political organization regrouping 43 Chiefs of the First Nations in Quebec and in Labrador. www.apnql-afnql.com.
SOURCE Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador
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