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Quebec’s Atikamekw First Nation fights for its rights

July 30, 2012

On the eve of a provincial election call, the disparity between two Quebec aboriginal communities has been brought into sharper focus this week. Premier Jean Charest stood under the glare of flashbulbs and TV cameras in the National Assembly on Tuesday as he signed a historic agreement between the provincial government and Quebec’s Cree Nation. The deal guarantees new levels of economic opportunity and self-determination for the Cree, who have secured a unique bargaining position with the government through years of courtroom battles and direct political action. But outside the limelight and in the depths of Quebec’s boreal forest, the poverty-stricken Atikamekw continue their decades-long struggle to reach some kind of meaningful partnership with the provincial government.