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Broken promises, denial of systemic racism strain CAQ-Indigenous relations going into Oct. 3 vote – CBC

Sep 29, 2022

CAQ’s Legault takes ‘still very much a colonial approach’: AFN regional chief Ghislain Picard

When Ghislain Picard received a call from the newly elected premier, François Legault, two days after Legault’s Coalition Avenir Québec won the 2018 provincial election, his first reaction was that relations between Indigenous people and the new government had started on the right foot.

“We don’t see that often, so I was kind of encouraged by it,” said Picard, a longtime Innu leader and the chief of the Assembly of First Nations for Quebec and Labrador.

But that sense of optimism was short-lived.

Over the course of its first mandate, the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) tested that goodwill repeatedly, breaking promises in some instances and ignoring the demands and concerns of Indigenous people in others.

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