WENDAKE, QC, Feb. 15, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Ghislain Picard, the Chief of
the AFNQL, is meeting today with Quebec's MNAs who are examining Bill
34 in relation to the occupancy and vitality of territories. "For many
First Nations, the occupation of territory as announced by the Charest
Government is seen as provocation. After years of negligence, not to
say disrespect in its territorial relations with many First Nations,
the latest brainwave of the Charest Government borders insult", stated
the Chief of the AFNQL.
The First Nations want the development of their territory. They have a
very young population that needs jobs. Yet, the Charest Government
chooses to exclude rather than include.
Finding regularly that its exchanges with the National Assembly's
parliamentary committees were not being taken into account by the
Quebec parliamentarians, any more than the numerous briefs tabled
before these Commissions, the AFNQL chose a few years back, to no
longer participate in the proceedings of Quebec's parliamentary bodies.
So, why make an exception today for a bill to ensure the occupancy and
vitality of the territories? Simply because the AFNQL has had enough.
With the Charest Government, it is never the right time to talk about
the First Nations' Aboriginal or treaty rights, never the right
discussion table, never the proper context, never the right
circumstances. The AFNQL has enough of those excuses for not
"The AFNQL has often reached out to the Charest government on the issues
of territory and resources, but to no avail. If Jean Charest is really
committed to the development of Quebec in harmony with the Aboriginal
Nations, it is up to him to do something! And now!", concluded Chief
About the AFNQL
The AFNQL is the regional organization regrouping the 43 Chiefs of the
First Nations of Quebec and Labrador. For information: www.apnql-afnql.com.
SOURCE ASSEMBLY OF FIRST NATIONS OF QUEBEC AND LABRADOR
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