LAUNCH OF THE SECOND EDITION OF ABORIGINAL PEOPLES - FACT AND FICTION



    MONTREAL, June 10 /CNW Telbec/ - The Commission des droits de la personne
et des droits de la jeunesse will be launching the second edition of
Aboriginal Peoples - Fact and Fiction on June 15 during its conference Dare to
Reach Higher! Human Rights and Freedoms which will be attended by members of
the Canadian Association of Statutory Human Rights Agencies, as well human
rights advocates and community organizations.
    The book launch will take place in the evening, under the "shaputuan", in
the First Nations Garden at the Jardin botanique de Montréal with the
President of the Commission Gaétan Cousineau, and the author Pierre Lepage of
the Direction de la recherche, de l'éducation-coopération et des
communications.
    Aboriginal Peoples - Fact and Fiction, a pedagogical tool for teachers
and the general public, is intended to promote a better understanding of the
realities facing Aboriginal Peoples. The 88-page document with photographs,
maps and illustrations, is a reprint and updated version of the work published
in 2002, and that was developed as part of the Aboriginal Peoples awareness
program for schools - The Challenges of Bringing Quebecers and Aboriginals
Together.
    The document answers these questions concerning Aboriginal Peoples: Were
their societies really primitive? Could white people have survived without
their help? Were they really conquered? Did they sign treaties and alliances
with the European nations? And, today, are they better treated by the system,
with more rights than Quebecers? Do they have separate rights that can be
reconciled with the right to equal treatment?
    The publication and distribution of this work was made possible with the
financial assistance of the Coordination des affaires autochtones of the
ministère de l'Education, du Sport et du Loisir du Québec, Indian and Northern
Affairs Canada (Québec Region), as well as of the ministère du Conseil
exécutif du Québec.

    Aboriginal Peoples - Fact and Fiction is also available in French -
Mythes et réalités sur les peuples autochtones. The document can be found
online, on the Commission's Web site:
http://www.cdpdj.qc.ca/en/publications/aboriginal.asp The Commission's
publications are available through the Centre de diffusion de la
documentation: 514 873-5146 or 1 800 361-6477, ext. 249.

    About the author:

    Pierre Lepage, an anthropologist, has worked at the Commission des droits
de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse since 1976. For nine years, he
coordinated the Aboriginal Peoples awareness program for schools - The
Challenges of Bringing Quebecers and Aboriginals Together. He wrote Aboriginal
Peoples - Fact and Fiction as part of this program and following the Oka
crisis in order to debunk the preconceived notions and prejudices concerning
Aboriginals.
    Aboriginal Peoples - Fact and Fiction was published for the first time in
November 2002 and is part of the mediagraphy of many anthropology and
political sciences courses given in CEGEPS and universities in Québec.

    
    What has been said about the first edition of Aboriginal Peoples - Fact
    and Fiction

    (TRANSLATION) Works such as Aboriginal Peoples - Fact and Fiction,
    published in 2002 by the Commission des droits de la personne et des
    droits de la jeunesse du Québec, constitute precious, and unfortunately
    rare, tools that allow us to translate the issues in a pedagogical
    manner. The youths of Québec must be able to have access to this kind of
    tool.

                       Guy Chevrette, in "Rapport du mandataire spécial du
                       gouvernement du Québec concernant la proposition
                       d'entente de principe d'ordre général avec les Innus
                       de Mamuitun et de Nutashkuan", January 21, 2003

    (TRANSLATION) ...this book is aimed at young Quebecers as well as at
    those who finished secondary school a long time ago, seeing how the
    prejudices towards Aboriginals are tenacious within the Québécois
    society. Pierre Lepage discusses the various myths existing in our
    society in order to allow non-Aboriginals to have a more accurate
    perception of Aboriginal realities.

                       Review by the Institut de recherche sur le Québec

    (TRANSLATION) Teachers will find in this publication, elements to support
    the development of critical thinking among students.

                       Flyer issued by the ministère de l'Education du Québec
                       to the directors of school boards, secondary schools
                       and the teaching staff in human sciences at the
                       secondary level, May 2, 2003

    (TRANSLATION) In order to remedy the general and deep-seated
    misconception of historical and current day realities of Quebecers of all
    origins and age groups, this same Commission has prepared a pedagogical
    document of great quality...

                       Jean-Guy A. Goulet, anthropology professor, Université
                       Saint-Paul (Ottawa) in Anthropologie et Société, 2006

    For additional information or to interview the author, please contact:
Patricia Poirier, 514 873-5146 or 1 800 361-6477, extension 358,
patricia.poirier@cdpdj.qc.ca .
    
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For further information:

For further information: or to interview the author: Patricia Poirier,
(514) 873-5146, 1 800 361-6477, extension 358, patricia.poirier@cdpdj.qc.ca

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