Indigenous leaders disappointed Legault for not attending inter-nation meeting
Representatives of Quebec's indigenous communities held a meeting with members of the provincial government on Thursday, but some were disappointed, but Prime Minister François Legault did not appear.
"I was hoping to see the premier minister of Monsieur again today, that he would come to that level, circle, and say, 'Here are my responsibilities for the apologies I made,'" said Michèle Audette, a missing and murdered indigenous woman and girl. Commissioner for National Investigation.
Picard said the meeting was generally constructive and positive, and is pleased that government representatives, including Minister for Indigenous Affairs Sylvie D'Amours, were open for a reunion before the end of the year.
In his report, Jacques Viens, a senior Quebec senior clerk, concluded that Quebec natives are victims of "systemic discrimination" in access to public services.
"With regard to indigenous peoples, there must be major structural changes in the functioning of the government or in the management of services," Picard said.
The report, the result of nine months of testimony on decades of abuse, abuse and neglect, makes 142 recommendations in the province about police, social services, corrections, justice, youth protection, and health and social services.
Picard said he wants the government to accept the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which Legault promised to do during last year's election campaign.
One investigation was launched in December 2016 by a former Liberal government who was under pressure after an investigation into radio Canada related to allegations of police misconduct in the Val-d'Or indigenous women.
Denis Lamothe was an officer of the Québec Sûreté for 30 years before being elected MNA of Avenir Québec, the Hungarian coalition. He is now an assistant to the Member of Parliament for the Minister for Indigenous Affairs.
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