Bill C-44 - "Discussions Surrounding Bill C-44 Must Be Interrupted" - Chief Ghislain Picard

    WENDAKE, QC, June 18 /CNW Telbec/ - On the eve of a vote before the
Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs on a motion of Bloc Québécois
pertaining to the abrogation of article 67 of the Canadian Human Rights Act,
the AFNQL is very concerned by the consequences of events which could ensue
from this Bill.
    "We monitored very closely all the proceedings surrounding Bill C-44 and
just amending this Bill does not suit the expectations of the Chiefs of the
AFNQL. There is a need to go much further, and this can only be achieved by
interrupting the discussions and by bringing it back to the level of
communities, with a proper and well funded consultation", explains the Chief
of the AFNQL, Ghislain Picard.
    The AFNQL wish to underline that its position has not changed since
May 1st, when it appeared before the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs
to make its position known on this Bill. The AFNQL had shown tremendous
reservation about the Bill, by stating that it was not elaborated in
conjunction with the First Nations. Therefore, the AFNQL goes along with the
motion of Bloc Québécois and demands the immediate interruption of proceedings
on the Bill and requests that a proper consultation of the First Nations be
put in place.

    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, Communication and Information
Officer, AFNQL, (418) 842-5020, Cell.: (418) 956-5720

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