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Innus-Wendat conflict: Wendake issued a warning in February

Gilbert Dominique replied (New window)to Mr. Vincent on April 6, 2022 and said surprised and outraged at the tone and content of his letter.

It does not reflect the spirit of the informal exchanges and discussions since last September on the political level between our two Nations.writes chef Dominique.

Presumably, we find that there are great differences between our Nations with respect to the nature, the scope, the geographical extent and the identity of the holders of the rights and titles on the territory which you call Niowentsiocontinues Gilbert Dominique.

We could have the same comments and qualifiers as you regarding the establishment of camps by members of the Huron nation on Nitassinan, and this, for many yearshe also argues.

Finally, in another missive sent on April 13, 2022 (New window)Rémy Vincent explains that his advice is attributable to [la] population, we have a duty to respect the expectations expressed by our members in connection with our rights and interests on the Nionwentsio.

Although he claims to have a desire for a good understanding with Mashteuiatsh, Grand Chief Vincent reiterates that any site subject to a new permanent installation/camp and which is located on the part outside the Nitassinan of Mashteuiatsh and which is part of the Nionwentslo will automatically be returned to its natural state.

Remember that a citizen from Mashteuiatsh, Claudie Paul, noticed last weekend that the site on which she wanted to build a chalet, with the permission of her band council, had been vandalized.

According to her, stones and trees were placed on the land, a trench was dug, all accompanied by a note from the band council of the Huron-Wendat of Wendake stating that she does not have the right to occupy this place and that it is their territory.

For their part, the authorities of the Huron-Wendat argue in favor of restoring the natural state of a territory that the nation claims.

Ms. Paul has filed a complaint with the Sûreté du Québec (SQ), which must go and see the damage on the ground.

At the Quebec Native Affairs Secretariat, it is assured that Minister Ian Lafrenière is aware of the situation.

Each issue of cohabitation concerns him, writes his press officer by email. He calls for the continuation of dialogue and rapprochement, in the search for solutions.

The Atikamekw call on the AFNQL

In a press release published Thursday, the Conseil de la Nation atikamekw (CNA) affirms that its confidence in the elected officials of Wendake is “heavily shaken” after the acts of vandalism committed on land occupied by the Innu of Mashteuiatsh, in the Réserve faunique des Laurentides, and asks the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador (AFNQL) to intervene.

The Council of Wendake adopts a colonizing attitude by claiming the exclusive occupation of a territory historically frequented by members of several nations and by ransacking it in this waydeplores the grand chief of the NAC, Constant Awashish, in a press release.

However, the great chief [de Wendake] Rémy Vincent, shortly after his election, announced that he wanted to re-establish bridges with the other First Nationsalso underlines the press release. What happened in the Parc des Laurentides goes against his words.

It goes completely against the very essence of being Indigenous and our values ​​such as sharingspecifies the great chief in a telephone interview.

Constant Awashish, Grand Chief of the Council of the Atikamekw Nation.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Ivanoh Demers

For the Awashish Grand Chief, the AFNQL must react and should proceed to important changes.

Many people from Wendake have important positions in the AFNQL and its commissions, explains Mr. Awashish. The AFNQL’s own offices are in Wendake because it is a strategic location. First Nations trusted them and should continue to be able to trust them.

Maybe they developed a certain arrogance because of that?he asks.

In an email to Indigenous Spaces, the AFNQL states that it has no comments to make.

The CNA also reiterates its support for the community of Mashteuiatsh, which sent a formal notice to the elected officials of Wendake.

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