Assembly of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador.

Assembly of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador.

January 25, 2011 16:28 ET

Gala Supper and Presentation of Meritas Awards: The First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Sustainable Development Institute Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Jan. 25, 2011) - About 200 persons from First Nation communities and from different organizations of Quebec's civil society will gather tonight in Quebec City to participate in an important Gala Supper, marking the 10th anniversary of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Sustainable Development Institute (FNQLSDI). "More than ten years ago, we decided collectively to combine our history, our knowledge and our dreams with a view to endow ourselves with the first sustainable development strategy of the First Nations, thus creating the Institute. We can affirm that our First Nations are the source of inspiration for the concept of sustainable development: respect for the territory, durability of resources and social and economic development", declared the Chief of the Assembly of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador (AFNQL), Mr. Ghislain Picard.

This anniversary evening is also the occasion to underline the work of organizations and individuals who contributed to the success of the FNQLSDI during these past 10 years. To do so, the organization is presenting "Méritas" awards in three categories, to six recipients:

1) In the category "Employees of the FNQLSDI having contributed to its influence", the recipients are:

  • Mario Gros-Louis

  • Margot Thomas

  • Suzy Basile

  • Michel Mongeon

2) In the category "First Nation organization having distinguished itself in the area of environment and sustainable development", the recipient is:

  • Kahnawake Environment Office

3) In the category "Non-First Nation person whose actions contributed to the strengthening of the FNQLSDI and its mission", the recipient is:

  • Nicol Tremblay, Environment Adviser, at the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

Looking Forward to the Future

This Gala Supper is a good opportunity to announce the modernization of the Institute, the development of its new Web site, and its new vision for the upcoming years. "With a new action plan and a new team, we can announce tonight the renewal of the Institute, whose mission is more pertinent than ever", stated the senior project manager of the FNQLSDI, Ms. Andrée-Anne Vézina.

Over the next few months, the FNQLSDI will prioritize the implementation of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Sustainable Development Strategy, the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Research Protocol, and the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Consultation Protocol.

The FNQLSDI also intends to deploy a lot of energy in the development of two new strategic initiatives: "Energy and Climate Changes", and "Community and Territorial Planning".

About the FNQLSDI

The FNQLSDI supports the First Nation communities in their activities to protect and develop the quality of the territories, safeguard the Aboriginal culture and languages, the social and economic development as well as partnerships, and recognition of the interests and the rights of the First Nations. The FNQLSDI also develop tools and organize training sessions with a view to support First Nation communities in the achievement of their own sustainable development. For information: www.iddpnqql.ca.

About the AFNQL

The AFNQL is the regional organization regrouping the 43 Chiefs of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador. For information: www.apnql-afnql.com

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