WENDAKE, QC, Dec. 8, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - Meeting in Gatineau on December 7, the Chiefs of the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador (AFNQL) took a very clear and very strong stance: they are asking Premier Couillard to call for an independent judicial inquiry on the relationships between First Nations and policing services.
"The Chiefs of the AFNQL have carefully considered the proposal of a Working Table as suggested by the Premier through his Ministers of Public Security and Native Affairs during a meeting with First Nations, on November 23rd. The Chiefs observe that a Working Table with no actual investigative powers cannot by itself address the numerous and complex issues of seriously deteriorated relations between the police services and First Nations. It is clear that the inquiry launched today by the federal government on the fate of the Aboriginal Missing and Murdered Women already has a very broad mandate and it is not put in place to allow the provincial governments to evade their responsibilities", stated Ghislain Picard, Chief of the AFNQL.
The Chiefs of the AFNQL ask Premier Couillard to commit, at the earliest convenience to hold an independent judicial inquiry on the relationships between First Nations and the policing services. This decision from the Chiefs is being sent today, to Premier Couillard.
About the AFNQL
The Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador is the political organization of 43 Chiefs of the First Nations in Quebec and Labrador. www.apnql-afnql.com
SOURCE Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador
For further information: Mélanie Vincent: vincen[email protected], Cell.: 418-580-4442