MONTRÉAL, June 17, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ - The city is proud to officially present its Charter of Rights and Responsibilities translated in Kanien'kéha. This accomplishment is the result of a collaboration with the Mohawk Nation, and was completed as part of the reconciliation process during the International Year of Indigenous Peoples proclaimed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
"I am very happy to open this Reconciliation Week by presenting the Montréal Charter of Rights and Responsibilities translated in Kanien'kéha. This Charter was developed by citizens and for them. It aims to promote active civic life and responsible social involvement, focused on our common values of justice, equality, dignity and respect, all of which are near and dear to the heart of all Montrealers," said Mayor Valérie Plante.
The Charter reiterates our administration's commitment to improving its services to the population, and this translation is in line with our will to attain reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.
"Over the years, Montréal has translated its Charter in various languages. We have even produced a version that is explained for a younger audience, making it a wonderful vector of democratic awareness! This Charter is a great source of pride for Montréal and is regularly quoted around the world. It has also inspired other countries such as France, Mexico and South Korea," added Émilie Thuilier, executive committee member responsible for democracy.
"This version of the Charter translated for the very first time in an Indigenous language will contribute to the visibility, protection and use of the Kanien'kéha language. And our efforts towards the recognition of Indigenous languages will not stop here! We will continue with the ten other Nations across Québec," concluded Marie-Josée Parent, associate councillor responsible for reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.
SOURCE Ville de Montréal - Cabinet de la mairesse et du comité exécutif
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