GASPÉ, QC, Jan. 10, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Following a meeting held this
week with Mi'gmaq representatives, the Conférence régionale des élus
Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine (CRÉGÎM) announces that it supports their
The Chair of the Conférence régionale des élus, Bertrand Berger, says he
fully understand the Idle no more movement and the demands made by the three representatives of the
region's First Nations' communities - Dean Vicaire, Claude Jeannotte
and Guy Condo. "The First Nations have been shut out of negotiations
that have led to changes in legislation which directly concern them.
They want to have a voice, and this is entirely legitimate,"
A number of issues affect the entire population. In fact, many
non-Aboriginals took part in the January 5 demonstration at Gesgapegiag
to denounce the modifications made to several laws and to express their
dissatisfaction with the employment insurance reform, another example
showing that the Conservatives are not listening to people.
The currently criticised omnibus C-45 Bill also raises fears that
navigable waterway protection would be compromised, a concern given the
region's resources and environment.
Consequently, CRÉGÎM calls on the Harper government to be more open and
listen to the First Nations; he hopes the situation will be dealt with
Indeed, some pressure tactics put in place by the Mi'gmaq affect the
development of the Gaspé Peninsula. Notably, the railroad tracks have
been barricaded near the Chaleur Bay community of Listuguj, which
unfortunately harms the activities of Temrex and the Société du chemin
de fer de la Gaspésie (SCFG).
CRÉGÎM was delighted to learn today that SCFG will be able move its
freight wagons blocked at Temrex and that the Mi'gmaq community of
Listuguj has announced its intention to lift the railroad blockade on
SOURCE: Conférence régionale des élus Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine
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