Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador | Quebec sovereignty: First Nations will decide their future

Based on Aboriginal and Treaty Rights, our their status as Nations and applicable international laws, political parties should be aware that it is useless to talk about a referendum, sovereignty and independence while uncertainty about the place of Aboriginal peoples and their rights remain. “Let us be even more clear: Québec can decide what it wants in terms of its culture, its identity and its development, but it cannot claim sovereignty over a territory which is still, fundamentally, First Nation”, indicated Chief Picard.If, as suggested by some, Quebec had to mobilize and prepare the way to another referendum, First Nations would use all appropriate means to protect the interests of their members. “The arrangements we seek with the succeeding governments in Québec to ensure our place in the development of Québec do not give anyone the power to make decisions in our place. We have the right to self-determination and this right is not negotiable,” concludes the AFNQL Chief.

 

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