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Second Meeting of the Joint Council of Elected Representatives

Consultation Process and Resource and Territorial Development on the Agenda

Québec, November 26, 2003 - The co-chairs of the Joint Council of Elected Representatives, Benoît Pelletier, Minister for Canadian Intergovernmental Affairs and Native Affairs, and Ghislain Picard, Regional Chief of the Assembly of First Nations of Québec and Labrador (AFNQL), announce the holding of a second meeting of the Joint Council of Elected Representatives to be held in Wendake on Thursday, November 27, 2003. Participants will have an opportunity to address issues relating to the consultation of Aboriginal people and to resource and territorial development.

For this second meeting, the Québec government will be represented by Minister Benoît Pelletier, Sam Hamad, Minister of Natural Resources, Wildlife and Parks, and Pierre Corbeil, Minister for Forests, Wildlife and Parks. On the aboriginal side, Ghislain Picard, will be accompanied by Raphaël Picard, Chief of Betsiamites, and Jean-Charles Piétacho, Chief of Ekuanitshit (Mingan).

Nathalie Normandeau, Minister for Regional Development and Tourism, will take this opportunity to talk to Council members about the Bill respecting the ministère du Développement économique et régional. If passed, the bill will create new regional councils of elected representatives.

“During this second meeting of the Joint Council of Elected Representatives, we’ll together look for ways to ensure that the First Nations, according to their situation and context, participate in the management of the territory and its resources. The consultation protocol developed by the First Nations of Québec and Labrador. Sustainable Development Institute may help achieve this objective”, stated Raphaël Picard.

“The meeting on October 30th allowed the participants to express their respective positions and to identify certain actions to be taken. The upcoming meeting will be a unique opportunity to work together in targeting the priorities resource and territorial development. Clearly, each of these meetings will enable us to consolidate the working relationship between the government and Aboriginal elected representatives,” added Minister Hamad.


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Source:
Damir Croteau
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister for Canadian Intergovernmental Affairs and Native Affairs
Tel. : (418) 646-5950

Ghislain Picard
Regional Chief of the AFNQL
Tel. : (418) 842-5020

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