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Cancellation of Kanata: the AFNQL Calls for a Constructive Reflection


Cancellation of Kanata: the AFNQL Calls for a Constructive Reflection

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WENDAKE, QC, July 27, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ - According to the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador (AFNQL), the cancellation of Kanata must be an opportunity for a profound reflection on the survival and diffusion of First Nation cultures and languages.

Ghislain Picard, Chief of the AFNQL, first wishes to recall that the nations themselves are the only custodians of their cultures, languages and traditions. The AFNQL, based on this principle, respects and supports the responsibility of First Nations to decide on the best ways to assert their specificities.

"The current debate around the cancellation of Kanata is taking an unfortunate turn where everyone could lose. Yet this debate brings together stakeholders who want to pay tribute to First Nations cultures. We must quickly bring all these forces together and reset the debate on a positive note and, above all, calmly," says Ghislain Picard.

"The themes covered by Kanata are still very much, vivid wounds to many First Nations people. It is not only about our past that we are talking about, but also our present which still represents suffering for many. It is highly sensitive. Everyone, and especially the women and men of theatrical industry involved, must realize it and should take it into account in light of the reactions being raised", adds Ghislain Picard.

The AFNQL calls for a constructive reflection on issues that our society still struggles with. The current debate must have a positive conclusion.

"I also ask Quebec politicians who may have something to say on the issue, to think first about the record of their respective political parties when it comes to First Nations and their engagement with us. I know of no one as having lessons to give," says Ghislain Picard.

About the AFNQL
The Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador is the political organization regrouping 43 Chiefs of the First Nations in Quebec and Labrador. Follow us on Twitter @APNQL


SOURCE Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador

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