Summit on Addictions Among the First Nations of Quebec

Summit on Addictions Among the First Nations of Quebec

January 27, 2011 10:35 ET

Summit on Addictions Among the First Nations of Quebec: "Mobilizing for Real Change"

WENDAKE, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Jan. 27, 2011) - The Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador (AFNQL) and its regional commissions and organizations will be holding an important Summit focusing on the fight against addictions with the theme "mobilizing for real change". "This is a unique event which will bring together people from many different fields, all of whom are ready to work together to break the vicious cycle of addictions and discuss how we can work together, join forces to fight this phenomenon which is so destructive to our children, our youth, our families and our Nations", stated AFNQL's Chief, Mr. Ghislain Picard. 

Organizing this Summit was a priority for the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador chiefs, who had observed that their populations were poorly informed as to the magnitude of the situation and the available solutions. Faced with a real emergency that required action, the First Nations Chiefs chose to hold an event that would not only present the existing situation regarding addictions, but also encourage participants to explore possible solutions and make concrete commitments. "If concrete measures are not taken now, the situation will become dramatic and it will unfortunately be too late to intervene. All partners must work together" said Ms Anne St-Onge, the President of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission.

The Summit, which will bring together almost 400 people, will take place from February 1st to 3rd at the Hotel Delta Trois-Rivières. In addition to the workshops and plenary discussions, participants will participate in conferences by inspiring personalities who work in the fight against addictions. These personalities include Mary Wilson, Commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, Marie-Pierre Labbé-Philippe, psychologist and neuropsychologist in Mashteuiatsh, and Stanley Vollant, an Innu physician-surgeon from Pessamit.

Chief Picard hopes that the Summit will be a great success and that it will produce the effects which are so highly anticipated by the communities: "With our collective history so full of cumbersome and painful memories, it is not easy to find a starting point that will allow us to overcome an invasive phenomenon that fuels idleness, suffocates the joy of life and destroys pride. Nonetheless, we have the duty to pull up our collective sleeves and eliminate the obstacles that are in our way so we can see the light at the end of the tunnel."

Contact Information

    Chantal Cleary
    Communication Officer
    Eric Cardinal
    Communication Officer
    514-258-2315 / cell.