A Great Day for the World's Aboriginal Peoples, but a not so Special Day for the Government of Canada

    KAHNAWAKE, QC, Sept. 13 /CNW Telbec/ - Today, in New York, at the United
Nations General Assembly, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of
Indigenous Peoples was adopted. Among the 4 States which voted against the
Declaration, is Canada.
    "After so many years of efforts, the AFNQL applauds the adoption of the
Declaration. It is a very important inheritance that we just bequeathed to our
Aboriginal youth", stated the Chief of the AFNQL, Mr. Ghislain Picard.
    However, the attitude of the Canadian Government casts a shadow over this
special day: "It's a slap in our face on the part of the Canadian Government.
It is irresponsible for a government that lauds itself throughout the world as
a protector of human rights to vote against the basic rights of certain
members of its country. It is high time for Canada to do a self-examination
which will lead the way to an in-depth analysis of its relation with the
Aboriginal peoples", stated Mr. Picard.

    The Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador is the regional
organization which represents the Chiefs of the First Nations of Quebec and

For further information:

For further information: Alain Garon, Information and Communication
Officer, AFNQL, (418) 842-5020, Cell.: (418) 956-5720

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