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Le programme politique de l’Assemblée des Premières Nations  Québec-Labrador (APNQL) : Mettre en œuvre l’autodétermination des Premiers Peuples et  l’égalité entre les nations, conditions essentielles de la réconciliation. 

Le programme politique de l’APNQL n’est pas électoral. Il est permanent. Il est inscrit dans toutes  les prises de position politiques rendues publiques régulièrement par l’APNQL. Il est supporté par  la Déclaration des Nations Unies sur les droits des peuples autochtones (DNUDPA). Le seul lien  de ce programme avec la présente campagne électorale est d’exiger des partis politiques, autant  fédéraux que provinciaux, qu’ils cessent de lui faire obstacle. Quelle que soit la composition du  prochain parlement canadien, les partis devront favoriser l’autodétermination des Premiers  Peuples et reconnaitre l’égalité entre toutes les nations vivant sur le territoire. Pour sa part, le  gouvernement de la province de Québec doit cesser de s’ingérer et de faire obstacle aux  compétences fédérales à l’égard des Premiers Peuples. 

Qu’il s’agisse de drames liés aux tentatives d’assimilation des Premiers Peuples, en particulier les pensionnats fédéraux, du traitement inacceptable réservé à des femmes et filles des Premiers  Peuples, des conséquences tragiques de la discrimination systémique vécue au quotidien partout  sur le territoire par la population autochtone, de conflits territoriaux jamais résolus, pour toutes ces  mauvaises raisons, l’actualité au Canada se tourne souvent vers les enjeux des Premiers Peuples. 

Les faits sont connus, la population en est alertée, mais les politiciens hésitent. Ils hésitent plus  que jamais au cours de la présente campagne. L’APNQL en est convaincue, l’expérience le  démontre : la solution ne viendra pas d’eux. Il n`y a rien à attendre de ces politiciens frileux. Les  Premiers Peuples ont des droits et ils ont surtout le droit de les exercer. Le programme politique  de l’APNQL l’affirme.  

Le programme politique de l’APNQL comporte un autre élément essentiel à la réconciliation :  l’égalité entre les nations qui habitent le territoire. La présente campagne électorale fédérale s’est  laissé dangereusement dérivée vers le droit d’une « nation » à imposer ses vues, sa supériorité sur  d’autres nations. Soyons clairs : les nations qui partagent le territoire sont égales entre elles.  Aucune n’a le droit d’utiliser les règles du parlementarisme canadien pout brimer les droits des  autres nations, au nom du « nationalisme ». Les grandes nations ne se sont pas construites en  brimant les droits des autres nations. Il ne s’agit plus ici de nationalisme, mais de colonialisme.

Personne ne peut prétendre inscrire ses droits dans la Loi constitutionnelle tout en niant des droits  qui y sont déjà reconnus. C’est ce que fait l’actuel gouvernement provincial du Québec, entre  autres par son projet de loi 96, avec l’approbation tacite des partis politiques fédéraux en  campagne, qui semblent tous privilégier leurs intérêts partisans. C’est inacceptable. Le programme  politique de l’APNQL s’y est constamment objecté et l’a fait clairement savoir à l’actuel  gouvernement provincial qui continue de l’ignorer. 

« Quoi qu’on dise et quoi qu’on fasse à Ottawa et à Québec, les Premières Nations sont libres de  protéger leurs langues, leurs valeurs et leurs pouvoirs », affirme Ghislain Picard, chef de  l’APNQL. 

À propos de l’APNQL  

L’Assemblée des Premières Nations Québec-Labrador est l’organisme régional politique qui  regroupe 43 chefs des Premières Nations au Québec et au Labrador. Suivez l’APNQL sur Twitter  @APNQL.  



The political program of the Assembly of First Nations Quebec Labrador (AFNQL): Implementation of Indigenous Peoples’ right to self-determination and  equality among nations, both essential conditions for reconciliation. 

The AFNQL’s political program is not electoral in nature. It is permanent. It is included in all  political positions made public on a regular basis by the AFNQL. It is supported by the United  Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). The only link this program  has with the current election campaign is to demand that political parties, both federal and  provincial, stop standing in its way. Whatever the composition of the next Canadian parliament,  parties will have to facilitate and support self-determination of Indigenous Peoples and recognize  equality among all nations living on the territory. For its part, the government of Quebec must stop  interfering with and obstructing federal jurisdiction in relation to Indigenous Peoples. 

Whether it is due to the tragedies associated with attempts to assimilate Indigenous peoples, in  particular, the tragic legacy of Indian residential schools, the unacceptable treatment of Indigenous women and girls, the tragic consequences of systemic discrimination experienced on a daily basis across the territory by Indigenous Peoples or, territorial conflicts that are never resolved, Canadian  media turn to Indigenous issues often, for all of these negative reasons. 

The facts are known, the population is aware, yet politicians remain hesitant and more so than  ever, during this campaign. No solutions will come from them; the AFNQL is convinced of this as it has been repeatedly confirmed to us throughout history. We can expect nothing from these  fearful politicians. Indigenous Peoples have rights and above all else, the right to exercise them.  The AFNQL’s political program affirms this.  

The AFNQL’s political program includes another element that is essential to reconciliation:  equality among all nations occupying this territory. The current federal election campaign has taken a dangerous turn where a “nation” is assuming the right to impose its views and superiority  over other nations. Let’s be clear: the nations that share the land are equal to each other. None have  the right to use the rules of Canadian parliamentarism to infringe upon the rights of other nations  in the name of “nationalism”. Great nations were not built by violating the rights of other nations.  It is no longer a matter of nationalism, but of colonialism.

No one can claim to include their rights in the Constitution Act while denying rights that are already included and recognized. This is what the current Quebec provincial government is doing,  among other things, through its Bill 96, with a tacit approval from federal political parties on the  campaign trail, all of which seem to favour their partisan interests. This is unacceptable. The  AFNQL’s political program has constantly objected to this and has made it clear to the current  provincial government, which continues to ignore it. 

“Whatever is said and done in Ottawa and Quebec, First Nations will always be free and capable  of protecting their languages, their values and their powers,” said Ghislain Picard, Chief of the  AFNQL. 

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.  

NRT Foundation Post Secondary Awards 2021 Second Call

The New Relationship Trust Foundation (NRTF) is pleased to announce that the second call for 2021-22 Scholarships and Bursaries is now available for First Nations students from British Columbia (BC).
By investing in Indigenous post-secondary education, the NRT Foundation and Partners are building the capacity of our communities, enhancing employment opportunities for graduates, and creating the skilled work force that will enable BC to meet its future economic and social development needs. Awards are available to eligible students as Scholarships and Bursaries.
Eligibility Criteria:
First Nations (status or non-status) member of a British Columbia First Nation communityPlanning to attend an accredited post-secondary institution on a full-time basis anywhere in the world
Want to apply?
For more information and to submit your application please visit:
NRT Foundation second call applications are due October 14 at Noon PST.

Restoring the Health of Burrard Inlet Chief Jen Thomas, Tsleil-Waututh Nation

I grew up on the water, going clam digging with my aunt and getting crabs. We would spend the days in the summer playing along the log booms. We were out there all day every day. It was the best playground for us growing up. My cousin Peggy and I would spend the day in a row boat every single day. That was 40 years ago. In my lifetime. That is not possible any more. The children within our Tsleil-Waututh community are not able to enjoy growing up in the inlet the same way that I was able to. In one generation, things have shifted. My hope is that that will soon change. 

Today is a significant day for our Tsleil-Waututh community. Today, on behalf of myself and our newly elected Tsleil-Waututh Nation Council, as well as the Chiefs and Council Members that have come before us, and the staff our Treaty, Lands and Resources Department, I signed an Agreement with Canada that is an Environmental Stewardship Agreement for the Burrard Inlet. The agreement was signed by four Federal Government Ministers as well, including the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, Minister of Transport and the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard, signed the Burrard Inlet Environmental Science and Stewardship Agreement.

Through this Agreement, we have agreed to establish a joint Tsleil-Waututh – Crown Burrard Inlet Environmental Science and Stewardship Secretariat that will coordinate stewardship activities and scientific research and analysis in our Inlet. A Secretariat has been created that will provide a unique forum for Tsleil-Waututh and multiple federal departments to work together on environmental stewardship activities.

The Agreement includes a $20 million investment over ten years to maintain the Burrard Inlet Environmental Science and Stewardship Fund. The fund will be managed by our Nation’s Treaty, Lands and Resources Department to support their stewardship activities in Burrard Inlet and our participation in the Secretariat.

This agreement supports the ongoing stewardship work that our Tsleil-Waututh community has been doing since time out of mind. This funding will allow our Treaty, Lands, and Resources Department staff to plan work based on Tsleil-Waututh needs, priorities and timelines, rather than planning around inconsistent external funding for activities defined by others. This is one step towards restoring Tsleil-Waututh’s rightful governance role in Burrard Inlet. This agreement and the work that will follow will support Tsleil-Waututh’s efforts to restore the health of Burrard Inlet, to work together with others in the Burrard Inlet community, and to strengthen and maintain our communities’ connections to the water and life of the territory. This agreement will allow us to build upon these successes with the ability to plan long-term and collaboratively. We’re excited for what is now possible.

Une victoire historique et une semaine marquante pour l’unité et le renforcement des Premières Nations

Wendake, le 9 juillet 2021 – Pourquoi se priver des compétences de la moitié des membres d’une  nation? Pourquoi mettre de côté la compétence, la sagesse et l’engagement d’autant d’individus  parce qu’elles sont nées femmes? Est-ce ainsi que nos ancêtres se comportaient? Non, clairement  non. En perdant une partie de leur sagesse collective au contact d’autres cultures, c’est pourtant ce  qui s’est souvent passé parmi les Premières Nations, c’est peut-être ce qui est, enfin, en train de  changer. 

Le Conseil des femmes élues de l’APNQL a vécu cette semaine beaucoup d’émotion, une très  grande fierté que les femmes cheffes et élues de nos gouvernements locaux tiennent aujourd’hui à  partager avec toutes les femmes des Premières Nations, toutes les femmes, et aussi avec tous les  hommes qui les appuient. 

En une même semaine, la cheffe RoseAnne Archibald est devenue la première femme élue cheffe  nationale de l’Assemblée des Premières Nations. Mme Mary Simon est devenue la première  femme issue d’une nation autochtone, la nation inuite, à se voir confier le poste de cheffe de l’État  canadien. La grande cheffe Kahsennenhawe Sky Deer est devenue la première femme à la tête du  Conseil mohawk de Kahnawake. Il semble que l’Histoire des humains est comme ça : elle avance  par grands bonds! 

Et alors? Qu’est-ce que cela change, va-t-on nous demander? Les droits des Premières Nations  sont toujours attaqués par les gouvernements colonialistes. Le racisme systémique fait encore des  ravages quotidiens. Les conditions de vie des Premières Nations sont encore loin derrière celles de  la population canadienne. Les Premières Nations sont toujours exclues du développement de  l’économie. 

« Ce que ça change, c’est qu’en faisant confiance aux femmes, qui sont la moitié de notre  population, les Premières Nations viennent de redoubler leurs forces. Les femmes arrivent en  renfort! Il était temps », déclare la cheffe Adrienne Jérome, coporte-parole du Conseil des femmes  élues de l’APNQL 

« Ce que ça change, c’est que la sagesse, l’expérience et le point de vue souvent différent des  femmes sur tous les enjeux des Premières Nations seront mis à profit et pourront être déterminants grâce au rôle que joueront ces femmes en autorité », ajoute la conseillère Nadia Robertson,  également porte-parole du Conseil des femmes élues de l’APNQL.

Au nom de toutes les femmes cheffes ou élues dans les gouvernements de Première Nation au  Québec-Labrador, les porte-paroles expriment leurs félicitations à Mme Mary Simon, à la cheffe  Archibald et à la grande cheffe Sky Deer, et les remercient de leur engagement si inspirant pour  tous les membres des Premières Nations, hommes ou femmes. 

À propos du Conseil des femmes élues de l’APNQL 

Le Conseil des femmes élues de l’APNQL est composé de toutes les femmes dûment élues à des postes de chefs ou conseillères de chacune des communautés des Premières Nations au Québec et au Labrador. Le Conseil des femmes élues de l’APNQL vise une perspective équitable des relations hommes-femmes au sein de la Table de chefs de l’Assemblée des Premières Nations Québec-Labrador, des communautés des Premières Nations au Québec, ainsi qu’au sein de toutes les entités traitant avec les Premières Nations qui reconnaissent, respectent, et soutiennent le rôle des femmes dans des positions de leadership. 

Marche et vigile en mémoire des enfants disparus, des survivants des pensionnats et de leurs descendants

En raison des horrifiantes et récentes découvertes de centaines de  sépultures d’enfants disparus dans les pensionnats indiens, l’Assemblée des Premières Nations  Québec-Labrador (APNQL) invite toute la population à une marche et une vigile en leur mémoire  ainsi qu’en celle des survivants et de leurs descendants, le jeudi 1er juillet à 16h, à la place Jean 

Béliveau à Québec (ExpoCité), sur le site de KWE! À la rencontre des peuples autochtones. 

QUOI : Marche et vigile en mémoire des enfants disparus, des survivants des pensionnats et de leurs descendants 

 QUAND : 1er juillet 2021 16h (Arrivée des participants dès 15h30) 

LIEU : Place Jean-Béliveau (ExpoCité) sur le site Kwe! À la rencontre des peuples autochtones (dans le boisé  adjacent au Grand Marché de Québec et au Centre Vidéotron).  

Stationnement à ExpoCité (plusieurs stationnements disponibles). 250, Boulevard Wilfrid-Hamel, Québec, QC G1L 5A7 En diffusion directe sur la page Facebook de l’APNQL Le port du masque et le respect de la distanciation de 2  mètres sont obligatoires. 


15h30Arrivée des participants  Point de rencontre : Place Jean-Béliveau (ExpoCité) sur le site de Kwe! À la rencontre des peuples  autochtones (dans le boisé adjacent au Grand Marché de Québec et au Centre Vidéotron).  Stationnement à ExpoCité (plusieurs stationnements disponibles). 250, Boulevard Wilfrid-Hamel, Québec, QC G1L 5A7
15h30 à  16h05Accueil et rassemblement des participants pour le départ de la marche  Joueurs de tambour, groupe Atikamekw « Northern Vice » de Wemotaci  Prière d’ouverture en wendat par Sabryna Godbout, Nation huronne-wendat Consignes de la marche
16h05 Début de la marche (1,3 km, trajet d’environ 30 à 40 minutes)
16h45 Retour sur la place Jean-Béliveau pour la vigile et les allocutions 
16h50 à 18h00Ghislain Picard, Chef de l’Assemblée des Premières Nations Québec-Labrador
Chant de Mlle Keyara Gros-Louis en mémoire des enfants, jeune artiste de la Nation huronne-wendat  (tambour et guitare) suivi d’une minute de silence
M. Rémy Vincent, Grand Chef, Conseil de la Nation huronne-wendat 
M. Régis Labeaume, maire de Québec 
Mme Nadia Robertson, Porte-parole du Conseil des femmes élues de l’APNQL
Mme Viviane Michel, Présidente, Femmes autochtones du Québec
M. Martin Ouellet, Parti québécois, Leader parlementaire du troisième groupe d’opposition et porte parole du troisième groupe d’opposition en matière d’affaires autochtones
Mme Manon Massé, Cheffe du deuxième groupe d’opposition et Porte-parole du deuxième groupe  d’opposition en matière d’affaires autochtones, Québec Solidaire
M. Ian Lafrenière, Ministre responsable des Affaires autochtones, Gouvernement du Québec
Lecture d’un poème par Mme Joséphine Bacon, poétesse innue
Joueurs de tambour, groupe Atikamekw « Northern Vice » de Wemotaci

Canada launches transformative effort to save Pacific salmon

Vancouver, British Columbia – Pacific salmon have social and cultural significance for many Canadians and they are economically vital to many local communities. These iconic species are experiencing drastic population declines due to a combination of climate, habitat and harvesting pressures. Bold, transformative action is needed now to stabilize, protect and rebuild West Coast salmon stocks for the ecosystems and communities that depend on them, before it is too late.

Today, the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, announced the guiding principles of the federal government’s $647.1 million Pacific Salmon Strategy Initiative (PSSI) announced in Budget 2021, and a full commitment to work in partnership with local organizations and groups in its development and delivery. The strategy will represent the largest-ever Government investment in efforts to save Pacific salmon, and aims to stop the declines now while helping rebuild populations over the longer term.

The PSSI is a comprehensive initiative that will build on and support the years of work and wisdom that grassroots organizations, Indigenous communities, scientists and others have already put into efforts to protect and recover Pacific salmon. In the coming months, DFO will invite key partners to the table to identify and prioritize actions to support healthy salmon – a necessary, holistic approach that has not been undertaken before.

The plan will guide investments and action in four key areas: conservation and stewardship, enhanced hatchery production, harvest transformation, and integrated management and collaboration.

The four pillars of the PSSI are designed to support a strategic and coordinated long term response, rooted in collaborative action. They represent stronger science and habitat restoration, stabilizing and growing the salmon populations, sustainable and reliable fisheries, and deeper communication and coordination between partners.

New policies, programs, and actions under each pillar of the strategy will move ahead in collaboration with the wide range of Indigenous partners, harvesters, recreational fishers, stakeholders, and communities who depend on Pacific salmon, and who have the knowledge to contribute to Canada’s effort  to sustain and rebuild Pacific salmon stocks.

Welcome to BC Achievement’s inaugural newsletter. The first issue is dedicated to the individuals who strengthen this province through their efforts, skill and courage. Join us and together we will elevate excellence, share success and inspire change.

 Nominations Open: June 1 – June 30

It’s time to #nominatenowBC for the 2021 Indigenous Business Award (IBA) program. The nomination process creates space for Indigenous entrepreneurs to share their dreams, their hard lessons and, give a new definition to what success means in their world. 
Read more

Nominations Open: June 1 – July 7

Are you an artist, or do you know an artist who demonstrates excellence in traditional, contemporary or media art? Nominate them now for a 2021 Fulmer Award in First Nations ArtRead more

Nominations Open: June 1 – July 14

June is Nominate Now month and the Carter Wosk Award in Applied Art + Design is open for your nomination. Help honour excellence and inspire achievement in Applied Art and Design (AAD) throughout the province. Read more 

BC Achievement and The Office of the Lieutenant Governor announce the inaugural Reconciliation Award recipients
The recipients of the inaugural BC Reconciliation Awardhave been announced and include individuals and organizations who further reconciliation through meaningful action. Be prepared to be moved by these incredible stories. Read more

The 18th annual Community Award celebrates 25 inspiring citizens

There are some incredible people doing amazing work in their own communities – taking on leadership roles, volunteer task, and inspiring others through their selfless actions. These Community Award recipients are heroes – which ones do you know? Read more

Nominations Called for BC’s Indigenous Business, First Nations Art and Applied Art + Design Communities

British Columbia’s Indigenous Business, First Nations Art and Applied Art + Design communities will be  honoured through programs presented by the BC Achievement Foundation beginning with the nomination launch on June 1, 2021. June is Nominate Now! month and province-wide invitations to #nominatenowbc  for all three programs are accessed through 

“We encourage British Columbians to Nominate Now! and lift up models of success for all to follow,” said  foundation chair, Anne Giardini, QC, OBC, OC. “The programming BC Achievement offers contributes to  the province’s social, entrepreneurial and cultural landscapes while nurturing innovation. It is our profound  privilege to share these stories,” she added. 

Independent juries representing experts in each of the three program areas review the nominations and  select the awardees who will be honoured through films and a social media celebration campaign in the  Fall. Plans for the annual in-person presentation galas remain on hold as COVID protocols are evaluated. 

BC Achievement is an independent foundation celebrating the spirit of excellence in our province and  honouring the best of British Columbia. With a mission to honour excellence and inspire achievement its  award programs pay tribute to exceptional people, doing exceptional work while inspiring others to build  stronger and more engaged communities. 

Elevate Excellence. Share Success. Inspire Change. 

Indigenous Business Award (IBA) Program – Nominations Open: June 1 – 30 
Honouring excellence and inspiring achievement in Indigenous business and entrepreneurship throughout the  province. Serving as a catalyst for change and opportunity, the Indigenous Business Award (IBA) program aims to  cultivate innovation while leveraging mutual interests. Creating an authentic space where collaborative and  strategic partnerships can thrive together, awardee recognition gives voice to Indigenous entrepreneurship  while modelling success. 

Leigh Joseph, 2020 IBA Awardee states that it is crucial to acknowledge excellence and increase  Indigenous representation in the business and entrepreneurship space. “Representation matters. The more  Indigenous businesses that are successful, the more inspiration there will be for up-and-coming Indigenous  entrepreneurs to pursue their entrepreneurial path. The more stories of resilience, strength and innovation  that are shared from Indigenous businesses and entrepreneurs the more we as a society shift the narratives 

of trauma and deficit that are often at the forefront of news stories amid ongoing anti-Indigenous racism  that exists in our country.”

The Indigenous Business Award program is presented by BC Achievement in partnership with the Ministry  of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation and is generously supported by: Program Sponsor – TD Bank  Group; Category Sponsors – Enbridge, New Relationship Trust, Ovintiv Inc., Teck, Vancity, and Vancouver  Fraser Port Authority; Supporting Sponsors – ANTCO, BC Hydro, BC Transit, CN, FortisBC, and Shaw; and  Media Sponsors – BIV, CFNR and First Nations Drum. 

Fulmer Award in First Nations Art – June 1 – July 7 
Honouring excellence and inspiring achievement in First Nations Art throughout the province. 

Celebrating the intersection of art and culture, while honouring First Nations artistic traditions, the program  creates a platform for community engagement, mentorship and storytelling.  

“I have been weaving, teaching, and researching the Northwest Coast textiles for more than 30 years. This  is the first award acknowledging my many years in the art of weaving. The Fulmer Award is, at this point  in my career, encouraging and validates my efforts in bringing the traditional arts of the textiles forward  to future weavers as well as making the textiles more known in the milieu of indigenous arts.” Evelyn  Vanderhoop, 2020 Awardee of Distinction, Fulmer Award in First Nations Art 

BC Achievement is grateful to The Fulmer Foundation for its generous support of the First Nations Art  program. 

Carter Wosk Award in Applied Art + Design Program – Nominations Open June 1 – July 14
Honouring excellence and inspiring achievement in Applied Art and Design throughout the province. 

Celebrating British Columbians whose work directly contributes to the cultural and economic fabric of the  province, the Carter Wosk Award in Applied Art + Design shines a light on functional art which enhances  day-to-day life for individuals while enriching our collective experiences. 

Karen Konzuk, reflects on the impact of receiving the Carter Wosk Award in Applied Art + Design in  2020. “It was a very exciting moment for me to hear I was recognized for my work, especially knowing  this group of awardees was recognized for innovation. I feel this is a key element to my design that helps  me to stand out from my competition.” She also feels it is important to acknowledge artistic excellence in  applied art and design. “The world of art and design is extremely saturated and at times, it is hard to  stand out. With social media and everything being digital there are a lot of copycats. To be recognized  for the dedication we put into original design, attention to detail, and innovation brings us to the forefront  and gives credibility to the work we have achieved.”

BC Achievement is grateful for the generosity of the Yosef Wosk Family Foundation toward the Carter  Wosk Award program. 

Join us TOMORROW at 1:00pm EDT for the COVID-19 FNHMA Town Hall!

THE MUCH-ANTICIPATED 4th Series of the FNHMA Covid-19 Town Hall

TOMORROW – Wednesday, APRIL 21at 1 pm ESTNow broadcasted on APTN every Saturday afternoon at 5:00pm – Please check your local listings
Read the official release here Series 4 of the COVID-19: A First Nations Health Managers Association Virtual Town Hall WATCH LIVE TOMORROW
Claudine Santos, President, VIO VolunteersDr. Tom Wong, Executive Director and Chief Medical Officer of Public Health, Indigenous Services CanadaHosted & Moderated by Marion Crowe, CEO, FNHMA
Watch the LIVE broadcast on Indigenous Health Today every Wednesday
Available in French & English
Rebroadcasted on APTN Saturday afternoon at 5:00pm

French & English translations provided – English: