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Minister Michel Létourneau Speaks about Historic Agreements Signed with Aboriginal People and of Québec's North at a Major Conference in Stockholm

Québec City, August 7 2002 -- The Minister for Native Affairs and the Development of Northern Québec, Michel Létourneau, and the Grand Chief of the Grand Council of the Crees, Ted Moses, will take part in the 7th Conference of the Nordic Association for Canadian Studies to be held in Stockholm from August 8 to 11, 2002.

This significant conference, entitled "Old Environments - New Environments", will cover three discussion themes, including the northern dimension. The event is a unique opportunity for Québec for stimulating exchanges with researchers from throughout the world interested in northern issues.

"Québec has a keen interest in northern issues since over half its territory lies in the northern part of the province. It is important that Québec take part in these events and meet with experts who are passionate about the North, so we can enrich our own vision of northern Québec," Minister Létourneau said.

The Minister was invited to address the conference concerning the historic agreements reached earlier this year by the Québec government and the Cree and Inuit nations. The Grand Chief of the Grand Council of the Crees, Ted Moses, will also speak on a panel dealing with the northern dimension.

"These two agreements are key to the future of the aboriginal nations concerned, for the economic and community development of northern Québec, and for Québec as a whole. We are proud of these agreements that mark a new era in relations with aboriginal people; we want to make them known in Québec, and in other countries," Minister Létourneau concluded.

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Véronique Boileau
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