AFNQL walks for Kyoto

    WENDAKE, QC, April 22 /CNW Telbec/ - Ghislain Picard, Chief of the
Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador (AFNQL), has expressed his
support for the Green-Quebec-Kyoto Coalition. Chief Picard and other Chiefs of
the First Nations of Quebec walked through the streets of Montreal today to
symbolize their hope that the federal and the provincial governments will
respect the Kyoto Protocol.
    "Prime Minister Harper must respect the signature of the Kyoto Agreement.
The First Nations of Quebec and Labrador declared the importance of ratifying
and supporting Kyoto in a Resolution that they adopted in 2002, whereby they
called on all levels of government in Canada to work in conjunction with the
First Nations to ensure the effective implementation of the United Nations
Framework Agreement" stated Chief Picard.
    It should be remembered that the Secretary of the United Nations
Framework Agreement has already pointed out that Aboriginal peoples are those
who are at greatest risk as a result of climate changes and that only minimal
resources have been allocated to ensure adaptation to climate changes.
    Since most First Nations communities are located either in remote forest
and coastal zones, they will the first peoples to suffer the consequences of
climate changes, namely:

    - Erosion of shore lines for communities on the North Shore and in Gaspé;

    - Modified animal migration patterns (especially insects and pests

    - Loss of traditional medicines and foods;

    - Deterioration of transport networks (travel over ice);

    - Melting of permafrost (which mainly effects the Inuit);

    - Damage to Northern habitats due to melting of permafrost.

    First Nations' traditional knowledge represents a key element of any
strategies designed to combat the effects of climate change.
    The First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Sustainable Development
Institute (FNQLSDI) is the organization that has been mandated by the AFNQL to
deal with environmental issues.
    The Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador is the regional
organization that represents First Nation Chiefs of Quebec and Labrador.

For further information:

For further information: Alain Garon, Communications Officer, (418)
842-5020, Cell: (418) 956-5720

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