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Minister Michel Létourneau is on a european tour to promote La Paix des braves and Sanarrutik

Québec, November 15, 2002 - Mr. Michel Létourneau, Minister for Native Affairs and the Development of Northern Québec, accompanied by Mr. Ted Moses, Grand Chief of the Grand Council of the Crees, will be embarking on a European tour from November 16th to 24th, the aim of which is to make known the two historic agreements recently reached between the Government of Québec and the Crees and Inuit.

Mr. Létourneau and Mr. Moses will travel to Paris, Strasbourg, London and Barcelona. The mission includes meetings with parliamentarians, diplomatic advisors, scholars as well as members of the press interested in the Québec model for relations with the aboriginal nations.

“With the reaching of major agreements such as La Paix des braves and Sanarrutik comes a new era of cooperation based on respect and trust, which is beneficial for the future of Northern Québec and that of Québec as a whole. We wanted to present these achievements to European representatives who have been monitoring the progress of this question closely,” declared Mr. Létourneau.

“Our new agreement with the Government of Québec paves the way for a major participation by the Cree people in the development of our traditional lands. It will create the conditions for sustainable development: protection of the land, our communities and traditional way of life, as well as the creation of jobs and business opportunities for the Cree population. That is what we want to tell the world. That is the main accomplishment of La Paix des braves,” said Grand Chief Moses.

Among the activities on the program, Mr. Létourneau and Mr. Moses will meet in Paris with advisors to the Élysée, will take part in a press breakfast and will give a conference at La Sorbonne’s Institut de la géographie. In Strasbourg there will be exchanges with European parliamentarians, members of the Council of Europe, representatives of the Europe Court of Human Rights and of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance. The tour will continue in London with a presentation before the Institute of Commonwealth Studies and with a meeting with members of the House of Commons, the House of Lords and the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. Finally, the mission will go to Barcelona where Mr. Létourneau and Mr. Moses will talk with the President of the Parliament of Catalonia followed by a conference, discussions with media representatives, and a meeting with non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

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Véronique Boileau
Press secretary
Office of Minister Létourneau
Tel.: (418) 528-6789

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