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Minister Benoît Pelletier signs a framework agreement and five letters of understanding with the Long Point First Nation in Winneway

Winneway, February 14, 2008. – Benoît Pelletier, Minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs, and Steeve Mathias, Chief of the Long Point First Nation Council, today signed a framework agreement and five letters of understanding in preparation for the sectoral negotiations concerning the Algonquin Community of Winneway in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region. The signing of this agreement and these letters is the result of more than one year of discussions.

With this agreement we have taken a decisive and important step forward. We know that henceforth we can rely on dialogue, which should facilitate future exchanges. Today, we are sealing a new relationship with the Long Point First Nation, a relationship founded on mutual trust and the search for fairness,” stated Minister Pelletier.

The framework agreement with the Community of Long Point differs from those which the Québec government is in the habit of proposing, notably by the scope of the subject matters that it addresses and by the fact that it is complemented by five letters of understanding. Three of these letters that were signed today specify the content and the timetable of the sectoral agreements to be negotiated. They deal with public security, forestry and the land base of the community. As for the other two letters, one deals with the funding of the negotiations of the three sectoral agreements and the framework agreement, whereas the other specifies the mediator’s mandate.

For his part, Chief Steeve Mathias expressed his satisfaction following the signing of these documents. “I remain optimistic concerning the good faith and the search for our mutual interest that will prevail in the negotiations that will resume shortly,” he stated.

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