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A Group Of First Nations Has Outlined Steps For You To Fight Racism In Quebec

The AFNQL hopes to build “a better life together."
Staff Writer
An Action Plan To Fight Racism Against Indigenous People In Quebec Has Been Released

The Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador (AFNQL) has unveiled its action plan to fight racism against Indigenous communities in Quebec

The plan proposes a series of concrete and immediate steps that both Quebec institutions and the public can follow in order to build "a better life" between Quebecers and their First Nations neighbours. 

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Racism and discrimination towards First Nations are very much present in Quebec.

AFNQL Chief Ghislain Picard

For individuals those steps include educating oneself on issues that affect First Nations, supporting First Nations artists and businesses, sharing "positive media content," and talking to friends and family members "about the importance of bringing Quebecers and First Nations closer together."

The plan also outlines recommendations for organizations, the media, educational institutions, municipalities police services and the justice system, and businesses.

"We all have a role to play in the fight against racism and discrimination," said AFNQL Chief Ghislain Picard

He noted that the death of Joyce Echaquan, an Atikamekw woman, reveals that there are still serious systemic barriers facing Indigenous people, even in the health care sector. 

The action plan comes after results from a summer survey showed that a majority of Quebecers understand that First Nations individuals experience racism in the province.

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