The AFNQL will convey the point of view of First Nations at the March 15
and 16 Forum on Mining Royalties organized by the Government of Quebec
WENDAKE, QC, March 14, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Last December 3rd, the AFNQL held a Summit on territories and resources which gathered
about forty Chiefs and elected representatives from all First Nations.
The Premier of Quebec, along with several members of her government,
including Natural Resources Minister, Mrs. Martine Ouellet, accepted to
participate in the Summit and listen to the representations of First
The AFNQL Summit focused on four main territorial themes, including the
royalties. On this point, the AFNQL clearly indicated its objective
which is to ensure that the First Nations retain a sizeable share of
the wealth generated by the exploitation of the land and its resources.
"It is with that same goal in mind that the AFNQL will appear before the
Forum on mining royalties. I want to be very clear with the government
of Québec: First nations want a fair share of the collective wealth
from the resources of the territory, their territory, an equitable
share of which they have been deprived of for too long", indicated
Ghislain Picard, Chief of the AFNQL.
"I am, however, very concerned to see Quebec, in 2013, all the while
being very well acquainted with the subject of our rights and
territorial issues for decades, initiate an essential reflection on
mining royalties, as if the First Nations didn't exist. This attitude
is, in my opinion, abhorrent and outdated and can only lead to conflict
situations which are detrimental to everyone. On the other hand, the
First Nations have heard the Premier, at the December 3rd Summit, take a position on how the economic spin-offs should be shared
for the benefit of all concerned", added Chief Picard.
"On last December 3rd we tabled a clear position on royalties, including the mining
royalties. The Quebec's Forum on mining royalties of this coming March
15 and 16, is a unique opportunity, for both the industry and the
Quebec government, to open the eyes and realize that the First Nations
are always present on the territory, that they can no longer be ignored
or by-passed and they want to get the benefits of the collective wealth
derived from the exploitation of land and resources", concluded Chief
About the AFNQL
The Assembly of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador is the
political organization regrouping 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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