WENDAKE, QC, Jan. 26, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ - The Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador (AFNQL) supports the communities of the Algonquin Nation who are united today to denounce the Quebec Mining Act. This reminder is nothing new and jurisprudence is well established, especially in terms of the obligation to provide an adequate level of consultation with First Nations regarding legislation on mining exploration.
"The Quebec Mining Act is a failure, it does not respect the duty to consult. Recourse to the courts seems to be, once again, the only option to force this Government to respect its duty to consult", said the Chief of the AFNQL Ghislain Picard.
At the Summit on Territories and Resources held in 2012, the Chiefs of the AFNQL were very clear: First Nations must participate actively in the management and conservation of the territory; they must be consulted on any territorial development and the necessary accommodations are to be found. First Nations must receive their fair share of the revenues and royalties from the use of their unceded territories and resources. The Government of Quebec clearly continues to deny First Nations rights.
About the AFNQL
The Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador is the political organization representing 43 First Nations Chiefs of Quebec and Labrador. www.apnql-afnql.com.
SOURCE Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador
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