WENDAKE, QC, Dec. 21, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - As the Couillard government announced that it will implement an independent commission of inquiry, which has been demanded for more than a year, on the relations between police services and First Nations, the AFNQL would like to emphasize that society at large is now moving towards reconciliation. We would also like to acknowledge all the women who had the courage to undertake this process.
"It is in difficult times that our sisters, our families and our people continue to increase their resilience. Our convictions allowed to acknowledge the existence of long denied problems of systemic racism and discrimination in the relations between the police and members of our Nations. Measures must be put in place to combat them, "indicated AFNQL Chief Ghislain Picard.
It was obvious that the only answer was the establishment of an independent commission of inquiry, we optimistically welcome the decision of the Government of Quebec. This action responds to the unanimous position of our leaders, not to mention individuals and organizations that for months, willingly expressed their support for our demand. We would like to thank them for their support," added the Chief of the AFNQL.
« The sense of security and trust between our people and policing services must be restored, and this commission presents an opportunity to build a more harmonious relationship at several levels. I positively welcome the setting up of this independent commission of inquiry" declared Chief Adrienne Jérôme from Lac Simon.
"Our leaders will continue to support the women of our Nations who are at the heart of this process and to remind them that they are not alone in the long march towards justice that begins today and from which all of society will benefit," concludes AFNQL Chief Ghislain Picard.
About the AFNQL
The Assembly of First Nations of Quebec-Labrador is a political organization that includes the 43 Chiefs of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador. www.apnql-afnql.com.
SOURCE Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador
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