Ghislain Picard re-elected Chief of the Assembly of First Nations
Indigenous leader Ghislain Picard expressed his disappointment with François Legault.
Innu Ghislain Picard is re-elected Regional Chief of the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec-Labrador (AFNQL) for an eleventh term.
The announcement was made Tuesday afternoon on the Twitter account of the AFNQL, as the members of the Assembly of Chiefs, the leaders of 43 First Nations communities, voted earlier in the day to elect a new Chief.
— APNQL_AFNQL (@apnql) January 25, 2022
Chief Ghislain Picard won with 74% of the vote against 26% of the vote for his adversary, the former grand chief of Kanasatake, Serge “Osti” Simon.
Even after 30 years as chief of the AFNQL, Ghislain Picard still considers that he has the necessary conditions to make another lap, he said in an interview with Metro. “I have significant achievements in my pocket over the past few years and I will be able to contribute my knowledge, my expertise and my experience for the collective good of all First Nations,” he mentioned. /p>
For his part, Serge “Osti” Simon said he wanted to toughen the tone of the AFNQL's discourse towards the governments, but was confident to see the issues of the First Nations advance regardless of the outcome of the vote.