The Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador wishes to show its support for the Winneway First Nation and the steps taken by its chief Steeve Mathias, who openly denounces the ineffectiveness of the Government of Quebec in the process of establishing a police service for the community.
This is an issue of the utmost importance and the progress of discussions is essential to ensure the safety of all members of the Winneway community who have waited too long for these essential services.
In fact, a framework agreement concluded in 2008 already provided for the establishment of a negotiating table for the re-establishment of a police force in this community. Now, thirteen years later, the people of Winneway are suffering the harmful effects of a two-tier system of public safety.
During a meeting of the AFNQL – Québec Political Table, which was held on March 19, Chief Mathias clearly expressed the urgency of the situation and unequivocally expressed his dissatisfaction. Premier Legault reacted to his remarks by saying that he took the problem seriously and that he was committed to ensuring that his government could quickly remedy it.
Unfortunately, it seems that the results are long overdue and that the content of the discussions does not currently suggest a favorable conclusion in the short term on this file.
Therefore, the AFNQL supports Chief Mathias’s request and also asks that a mediator be appointed without delay to resolve the impasse and put an end to the systemic insecurity with which the inhabitants of Winneway must contend.
About the AFNQL
The Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador is the regional political organization that brings together 43 chiefs of the First Nations in Quebec and Labrador. Follow the AFNQL on Twitter @APNQL.