WENDAKE, QC, Dec. 13, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - The AFNQL would like to
express its support to the Chief of Attawapiskat, Theresa Spence, who
has undertaken, since December 11, 2012, a hunger strike in order to
denounce the practices of the Harper government, which goes against the
spirit of the treaties and the good faith that should guide our
relationship with the Crown.
"That a First Nations leader has decided to take the ultimate measure of
depriving herself of food in order to highlight the paternalistic and
colonial attitude of the federal government is an aberration", declared
Ghislain Picard, Chief of the AFNQL. "Why is it that, less than one
year after the Crown-First Nations meeting held in January 2012, the
level of trust in the Harper government is lower than it has ever
been?", continued the Chief of the AFNQL.
One year ago, the situation of the First Nations community of
Attawapiskat evoked anger and indignation with respect to the state of
emergency in terms of shortage of housing and access to safe drinking
water. Instead of compassion when faced with the pressing needs of this
community, the federal government opted in favour of gratuitous
accusations regarding the management of the local council.
"Chief Spence is more than justified to demand that the Harper
government act in a manner respecting the spirit and principles of the
United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Despite
Canada's support for the Declaration in November 2010, Canada has
continued to breach it, namely by imposing its political and
legislative agenda without any consultation with the First Nations",
concluded Chief Picard.
Regarding the AFNQL
The Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador is the political
organisation uniting the 43 Chiefs of the First Nations of Quebec and
SOURCE: ASSEMBLY OF FIRST NATIONS OF QUEBEC AND LABRADOR
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