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Native Alliance of Québec Supports
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT’S COMMITMENT
TO ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY
Aboriginal groups need to “tell and show” government about legitimate representation
(GATINEAU, QUÉBEC - January 18, 2007) Aboriginal organizations need to amply demonstrate to governments and to the Canadian public at large, that they are representative, accountable, transparent and responsible, says Carl Dubé, Grand Chief of the Native Alliance of Québec (NAQ).
Chief Dubé reaffirmed his support of this position following further negotiations this week with the Department of Canadian Heritage, aimed at providing irrefutable evidence of the NAQ’s legitimate representation of Québec’s off-reserve Aboriginal peoples.
The federal government has been reviewing the funding of the Native Alliance of Québec in the wake of claims by another organization, the Confederation of Aboriginal Peoples Québec (CAPQ), that it represents the province’s off-reserve Aboriginal population.
The CAPQ was formed in August 2005 by Grand Chief Dubé’s predecessor, who was unsuccessful in his re-election bid for a second term. Since then, the CAPQ has undertaken a variety of activities, including staging protests at Indian Affairs Headquarters demanding accommodation of the new group’s funding requests.
Grand Chief Dubé was clear in his defence of the moves by governments to ensure legitimacy. “We agree that Aboriginal organizations must tell and show governments about the nature and legitimacy of their membership and offer proof that they are administered through robust governance structures,” said Grand Chief Dubé.
The Grand Chief did not hesitate to affirm the legitimacy of the NAQ: “Our organization has been advocating and advancing the needs and aspirations of Québec’s off-reserve Aboriginal constituency for thirty-five years. We’ve shared our membership list with senior officials at Canadian Heritage and we are proud to state that we represent over 26,000 registered members in 57 communities,” stated the Grand Chief.
The Grand Chief added, “Our evidence is sound, our membership is legitimate and our resolve to ensure that our people get the programs and services they need, is firm. We’re hopeful that in light of our continued work in partnership with the federal government will yield results shortly. Québec’s Aboriginal peoples deserve no less,” added the Grand Chief.
While it undertakes the necessary steps to ensure that the review of both organizations is carried out, the federal government has not provided full funding to either of the groups, pending the outcome of its analysis of their respective requests. Grand Chief Dubé remains confident that the NAQ will be granted its funding request in the days to come.
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