The Harper government is failing to meet its most fundamental obligations towards the aboriginal peoples and towards the Crown

WENDAKE, QC, Oct. 17, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - By refusing to take part in any respectful dialogue with First Nations, in imposing measures that are bound to fail from the start, for example its obsession with a legislation for education which will only worsen an already dire situation, by failing to fill the fundamental obligations of the Canadian State towards the First Nations, including amongst others, those set forth in Treaties, the Harper government shows it is unworthy to represent the Crown.

"The reconciliation with First Nations, the accommodation of First Nations' interests with those of the Crown, and the implementation of Treaties are just some of the obligations that are incumbent upon the Leader of the Government of Canada. He must fulfill that mandate while keeping the honour of the Crown in mind. The Crown with whom the First Nations have agreed to live in harmony in the same territory. We are still waiting for Stephen Harper to face up to his responsibilities. At present that has not happened", stated Ghislain Picard, Chief of the AFNQL.

"On the one hand, a speech from the Throne which only puts off until later actions which should have been undertaken a long time ago, and on the other hand the findings of the United Nations Special Rapporteur who once again remind the Canadian government of the urgent need for action with the First Nations to bring an end to a situation that is unbearable and dangerous for the social peace and the development of the Canadian economy. This is a disgrace to Canada, yet, it is a flourishing country with progressive traditions and it deserves much better than what the current government is offering", concluded Chief Ghislain Picard.

About the AFNQL
The Assembly of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador is the political organization regrouping 43 Chiefs of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador.

SOURCE: Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador

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