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Legault Just Named A Former Montreal Police Officer Minister Of Indigenous Affairs

The premier said Ian Lafrenière had "an excellent relationship" with Indigenous communities.
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Former Montreal Police Officer Ian Lafrenière Is Quebec's New Minister Of Indigenous Affairs

At a press conference Friday morning, Premier François Legault named Ian Lafrenière Quebec's new minister of Indigenous affairs. He replaces former Minister Sylvie D'Amours.

Legault said he thought it was "necessary to give new life to [Quebec's] relations with the 11 Indigenous nations" in its territory.

According to his website, Lafrenière, the current MNA for Vachon, previously served as a member of the SPVM's media relations unit as a sergeant and later as an inspector.

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Premier François Legault

Legault suggested that that experience will serve him well in his new role, explaining that Lafrenière worked to communicate with "many communities, including the Indigenous community."

"He had an excellent relationship with several Indigenous nations."

"I think that Ian has all the qualities to take on these responsibilities."

The announcement of D'Amours' replacement comes amid widespread outrage at the circumstances surrounding the death of Joyce Echaquan, who passed away as Joliette hospital staff berated her with insults.

At the press conference Monday, Legault said "it's important for there to be a mutual respect" between Quebec and Indigenous communities.

"All Quebecers have to recognize [the] reality" of racism and historic injustices, he said.

"We have a lot of work to do."

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