Draft United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: The First Nations Are Asking the National Assembly to Adopt a Resolution of Support



    WENDAKE, QC, April 25 /CNW Telbec/ - At the three party leaders, the
Chief of the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador (AFNQL),
Ghislain Picard, asks that the National Assembly, by way of resolution,
declares its support to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of
Indigenous Peoples. "It is the duty of the Quebec National Assembly to take
its distances from Canada's stance and affirm solemnly its support to the
Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, a document which is the
result of more than 20 years of progress on the rights of Indigenous Peoples,
on the international scene" stated Chief Picard.
    Bringing to mind that, in 1985, the National Assembly adopted a
resolution recognizing officially the Aboriginal Nations, Ghislain Picard
invites the elected representatives of Quebec to, once again be innovative and
insist on the government of Canada to forge ahead with the United Nations
Declaration. As a matter of fact, the three opposition parties in Ottawa have
already pronounced themselves in favor of the Declaration.
    The AFNQL was quite vocal during the past electoral campaign and has
reminded the political parties about the importance of the First Nations for
the future of Quebec. The AFNQL published a document called " Final Summon to
the Provincial Political Parties " which contains the principles and the
issues which the First Nations are confronted with. In an effort to pursue its
work and enhance its means of action, the AFNQL intends to bring these issues
before the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues who will be
holding his sixth session from May 14th to May 25th.
    "The United Nations must assume a constructive role as far as the
problems linked to the rights of Indigenous Peoples are concerned, by granting
a special attention to their sovereignty on natural resources. We intend to be
more and more present on the international scene, in order to move forward and
insure progress on government policies pertaining to us", stated Chief
Ghislain Picard.

    The Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador is the regional
organization representing the Chiefs of the First Nations of Quebec and
Labrador.




For further information:

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


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