Recognition of Kosovo by Canada - "A Position which is Inconsistent with the Non-recognition of the Rights of Aboriginal Peoples" - Ghislain Picard, Chief of the AFNQL

    WENDAKE, QC, March 19 /CNW Telbec/ - The Chief of the Assembly of the
First Nations of Quebec and Labrador denounces the "double standards" of the
Harper government, on international issues. "Canada cannot really play the
card of advocate for human rights, after it brought discredit upon itself on
this subject, by voting against the adoption of the United Nations Declaration
on the Rights of Aboriginal Peoples", stated today, Ghislain Picard.
    It should be noted that, on September 13 2007, the United Nations General
Assembly adopted the International Declaration on the Rights of Aboriginal
Peoples, an exceptional progress in the area of human rights. Only four
countries objected to its adoption, including Canada. "It is irresponsible for
a government, which lauds itself on a world-wide scale, of being an advocate
for human rights, to vote against the fundamental rights of aboriginal
peoples. It is high time that the government takes stock of itself, in the
hope that it will incite it to analyze thoroughly its relation with the
Aboriginal Peoples", stated Mr. Picard.

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

For further information:

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

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