The Hydroelectric Complex Project of La Romaine River : The AFNQL reminds that the project is situated on a territory that the Innus never parted with

    WENDAKE, QC, Sept. 17 /CNW Telbec/ - "Beyond all the debates concerning
the hydroelectric project of La Romaine River, it would be good to remind all
the concerned parties that the titles and the rights of the First Nations on
the territory which has never been the subject of a treaty, in no way have
they been extinguished or given up. Unfortunately, the government of Quebec
often acts as if all these rights did not exist. This way of doing things can
no longer be tolerated. The First Nations are prepared to take all the
necessary means to have their titles and their ancestral rights respected on
this territory", indicated Ghislain Picard, the Chief of the Assembly of First
Nations of Quebec and Labrador (AFNQL).
    The AFNQL wishes to warn the government of Quebec and its Crown
Corporation, Hydro-Quebec, against any action which would go against the
existing rights of the Innus and the other First Nations. The AFNQL wishes to
remind especially that Quebec is not the sole owner of the territory, that it
shares the property of a large portion, notably that of the Upper North Shore,
with the First Nations. "Wherever, we have titles and ancestral rights, the
development of the territory must be done with the consent of the First
Nations", specified Chief Picard.
    The project of La Romaine River, which was the object of an impact study,
will have effects on a short and a long term, on one of the most beautiful
rivers in Quebec.

    About the AFNQL

    The Assembly of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador is the regional
organization that regroups the Chiefs of the First Nations of Quebec and

For further information:

For further information: Alain Garon, Communication and Information
Officer, AFNQL, (418) 842-5020, Cell: (418) 956-5720,

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