First Nations and Inuit: investment of $141 million over five years

First Nations and Inuit: investment of $141 million over five years

The Minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs, Ian Lafrenière.

Québec will inject $141 million over the next five years to support First Nations and Inuit communities. Investments will be concentrated in particular in the protection of languages ​​and culture. 

Funds will be granted to community radio stations in various communities. “During my tour of the communities, I was able to see how these radios play essential roles [sic]”, justified the Minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs, Ian Lafrenière, during a press conference in Montreal held on Friday. We also want to fight against racism. 

The funds will also provide greater legal support for Indigenous women who are victims of violence. “We want to promote empowermentwomen in the communities,” explained Minister Lafrenière. The objective is also to offer better prenatal services to Aboriginal families.

In total, the government’s action plan contains 52 measures, also in the areas of socioeconomic development, health and justice. . Some of them concern housing, a crisis issue for First Nations and Inuit. 

In collaboration

Minister Ian Lafrenière is tabling his plan after touring various communities in the province, an exercise he is committed to repeating annually. According to him, the government has not always acted in concert with the Aboriginal peoples. 

“In the past, we consulted the First Nations, but not in a way that reflected their way of think the same way,” says the caquist. 

The general manager of Native Montreal, Philippe Meilleur, agrees. “Government has not always been a partner to our nations or our members in urban communities. It’s a reality that several commissions have clearly enumerated that the government has historically neglected our issues or worse, by the nature of its actions, has contributed to the loss of our culture or the degradation of our quality of life,” said he lamented. 

Native Montreal supports the plan presented, however, as does Quebec Native Women. “We will have to continue to work even harder for the women who need it, who experience discrimination and domestic violence on a daily basis, it’s on this that our hobbyhorse will continue,’said the organization’s president, Marjolaine Étienne. 

The Chief of the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador (AFNQL), Ghislain Picard, was conspicuous by his absence Friday morning. Minister Lafrenière was unable to say whether or not he supported the plan presented. 

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