WENDAKE, QC, Aug. 16, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - At the outset of the special consultations and public hearings on Bill 106, an Act to implement the 2030 Energy Policy and to amend various legislative provisions, the AFNQL denounces the contempt, disrespect and the irresponsibility of the Government of Philippe Couillard.
"With Bill 106, the Government of Quebec confirms it incompetence and arrogance as it relates to the management of the territory and resources that First Nations want to share in respect and harmony with all Quebecers. Once again, this is a sloppy and flawed consultation process. Why is Philippe Couillard looking for confrontation, whereas by his own words reconciliation should be on the agenda", said AFNQL Chief Ghislain Picard.
Whereas Premier Couillard knows what the obligations of his government are in this matter, Bill 106 contains major flaws in First Nations consultation and accommodation. In addition to having not respected the recognized processes, this Bill is full of uncertainties and unknowns. Among other things, there is a total lack of recognition for Aboriginal title, Aboriginal and treaty rights, no mention of the protection, occupation and use of the territory by First Nations, no consultation in the granting of exploration licences for companies.
"I have to remind that the responsibility of a Premier is, before all, to unite, promote progress, and not to divide, provoke antagonism and jeopardize equitable development for all. Such a lack of leadership is both disappointing and very worrisome", concludes Chief Ghislain Picard.
About the AFNQL
The Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador is the political organization representing 43 First Nations Chiefs of Quebec and Labrador. www.apnql-afnql.com.
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