Philippe Couillard meet with First Nations leaders

-premier-ministre-philippe-couillard-cotesQuebec will await the exact mandate of the possible national inquiry on missing and murdered aboriginal women before considering a provincial inquiry, as demanded by the indigenous leaders, announced the Prime Minister Couillard sidelines of the meeting this morning with Aboriginal leaders of the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador in Montreal.

“I have not closed the door but it would be premature [before seeing where Ottawa is going],” noted the Premier.

M Couillard has asked Ottawa to add the issue of relations between the police and members of the first nations to its mandate.

According to Chief Ghislain Picard, some indigenous leaders have “remained on their hunger.” They continue to want a Quebec independent inquiry into the actions of the SQ and fear reprisals from the police on the ground.

“What happens in Ottawa should not put a veil over what is happening here,” says the Chief Ghislain Picard.

“I came here for something other than hearing the words,” responded Cree Chief Matthew Coon-Come, who spoke about the “atrocities” committed by the SQ.

“I am disappointed, he admits. The investigation into missing women receive the missing women. It will not address the allegations [against SQ]. I welcome positively the criminal investigation, but there are also underlying problems in communities. I understand that the Prime Minister wants to address, but at the same time I realize that it does not fill the void left by the federal government. ”

“We saw a situation that is not easy in the community”, said the head of the community of Lac-Simon, who for his part thanked Quebec for its “openness”.

“This morning we want to look at the safety of these women. We must tell them that we have not forgotten them and that stands. We must keep moving forward. ”

The meeting this morning was particular to review the allegations of abuse of power and sexual abuse by Aboriginal women in the Val-d’Or region against police officers of the Sûreté du Québec.

The Prime Minister Couillard and indigenous leader Ghislain Picard came out of the two-hour meeting shortly after 9:15.

Both have launched an appeal for calm in the communities affected by the case. M Picard spoke of a broken relationship with the Sûreté du Québec.

“It takes a minimum sense of security in our communities and it is as much the responsibility of Quebec from us,” said Mr. Picard.

The Prime Minister also confirmed the appointment of Fannie Lafontaine, an expert in international law, as an independent observer as part of the investigation entrusted by Quebec Montreal Police Service into the actions of their colleagues SQ.

Philippe Couillard announced investments of about $ 6 million in the Val d’Or region, including Native Friendship center for psychological assistance and housing projects. A new well received by these leaders.

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