Quebec’s ‘Plan Nord’ project draws controversy

Montreal Gazette – Nathalie Normandeau, Quebec’s natural resources minister, met behind closed doors Friday with 200 people from northern Quebec to discuss the Plan Nord, the Charest government’s plan to develop the resources of the north. But five Innu communities are boycotting the event and the Assembly of First Nations has warned the Charest government that unless it recognizes their ancestral rights, the Plan Nord will not go ahead. “There is an aboriginal title,” said Ghislain Picard, AFN chief for Quebec and Labrador. “There are associated rights and the reflex of the government is always to avoid that reality.”

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