AFNQL public debate



    WENDAKE, QC, March 16 /CNW Telbec/ - As part of its campaign entitled
"First Nations: Essential to the Future of Quebec," the Assembly of First
Nations of Quebec and Labrador (AFNQL) has invited the five major political
parties to take part in a public debate about the First Nations. The debate
will be held on Tuesday, March 20 at the Maison Théâtre in Montreal
(245 rue Ontario Est). It will begin at 7 p.m. The AFNQL invites journalists
and the public to attend this free event.
    Following are the participants in the debate:

    
    - Marjolain Dufour (Parti Québécois)
    - Geoffrey Kelley (Liberal Party of Quebec)
    - Scott McKay (Green Party)
    - Caroline Pageau (Action démocratique du Québec)
    - François Saillant (Québec Solidaire)

    The three themes for the debate are:

    - Political recognition of the First Nations - the obstacles to progress
    - Access to territories and resources - regional development, co-
      management and autonomy
    - Living conditions - economic and social aspects and poverty
    

    AFNQL Chief Ghislain Picard will give a press briefing after the debate.

    The Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador is the regional
organization representing the Chiefs of the First Nations in Quebec and
Labrador. It has published a document entitled "Final Summon to Provincial
Political Parties" (available online at www.appelultime-finalsummon.com). This
document presents the principles held by the First Nations and the key issues
they are facing today.




For further information:

For further information: Alain Garon, Communication and Information
Officer, AFNQL, (418) 842-5020, Cell phone (418) 956-5720


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