WENDAKE, QC, June 26, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - The Chief of the Assembly of
First Nations of Quebec and Labrador (AFNQL), Ghislain Picard, reacted
to the blockade of logging companies this morning by the Atikamekw
nation by urging the Quebec government to agree to set up a negotiation
table to meet the demands of the Atikamekw. "The provincial government
needs to stop ignoring the rights of the Atikamekw. It must immediately
engage in a nation-to-nation relationship, which will lead to a sharing
of resources and increased economic development for the communities,"
declared Chief Picard.
The Atikamekw launched a campaign this morning to defend their rights,
with their first actions being to block logging operations in their
ancestral territory, the Nitaskinan. "The Atikamekw are the first
owners of this territory which they have occupied for millennia. When
the Europeans arrived, 400 years ago, the Atikamekw welcomed them and
agreed to share the land and the resources. The "nation-to-nation"
relationship must be rooted in true partnership. It must result in
royalties for the First Nation on any resource operations in the
ancestral lands, as well as measures to bridge the economic gap that
separates the people in these communities from the general population
in Quebec," Chief Picard added.
About the AFNQL
The Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador is the political
organization that represents the 43 Chiefs of the First Nations of
Quebec and Labrador. www.apnql-afnql.com.
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