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Quebec government commemorates 30th anniversary of adoption of resolution recognizing rights of Native peoples
 

Québec City, March 20, 2015 – Québec Premier Philippe Couillard and the Minister responsible for Native Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Kelley, are pleased today to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the adoption, by the National Assembly, of a resolution concerning the rights of Native peoples. This resolution, which was adopted on March 20, 1985, established the key principles on which future relations between the Government of Québec and First Nations and Inuits would henceforth be based.

“This anniversary marks 30 years of “nation to nation” dialogue, which is the basis of the important relationship between our peoples, and on our common objective to seek prosperity for our respective nations in a spirit of mutual respect and understanding”, the Premier stated.

It should be noted that the March 1985 resolution permitted the official recognition, by the National Assembly, of the Abenaki, Algonquin, Attikamek, Cree, Huron, Micmac, Mohawk, Montagnais, Naskapi and Inuit nations. The Malecite nation was officially recognized four years later.

Over the years, the underlying principles of this resolution served as a guide for the actions of successive governments, and allowed for major achievements to take place, in particular the Paix des Braves of then-Premier Bernard Landry and the Eeyou Istchee James Bay regional governance agreement of then-Premier Jean Charest.

“The resolution adopted by the National Assembly 30 years ago is still relevant. It is founded on the historic legitimacy of First Nations and on the importance for Québec society to continue to build, together with First Nations and the Inuit, a harmonious relationship based on respect for their rights and mutual trust,” declared Minister Geoffrey Kelley.

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