Human Rights Commission
3:45 min. - This Innu culture awareness programme was instigated by the Commission des droits de la personne et de la jeunesse du Québec.
Maryse Alcindor - Good evening all! I'm especially pleased to welcome you to this launch. Many of you have come in spite of the bad weather. And believe me, we appreciate you all the more for it.
Pierre Marois - It gives me great pleasure, along with my colleagues, Me Lefebvre, our president, and Me Giroux, our vice-president who is unfortunately unable to attend, to welcome you here at the Commission's offices for this launch. Unfortunately no other venue was available, we'll try to correct that for our next event. We are launching the book "Mythes et réalités sur les peuples autochtones" by Pierre Lepage, our colleague from the Office of Education and Cooperation.
Pierre Lepage - You know, Amerindians disappeared from the map in 1760 in old textbooks, history books in particular. And they suddenly reappeared during a police operation when dams were being built. So there's a big hole there for Quebec society. I don't know whether one could call that discrimination by omission. It's not intentional discrimination, but it's more than just forgetfulness. And people need to know, I'm talking about Amerindians, that they have a history, a common history with us that has the right to be taught in the schools. And I hope this book, which will be distributed to all of Québec's secondary schools, which is first and foremost a tool for secondary school teachers. First, I hope you'll like it, and your secondary school programmes are very encouraging. And from now on, Amerindians will be talked about, they'll have a place. They'll have a very important place.
Jean-Marie Vollant - I was very proud and even more so now to see them giving out information about Native realities across the province.
Ghislain Picard - After 300, 400 years of living together, well it's important that we get to know each other and try to block intolerance.
Michèle Audette - Which nation signed the Paix des Braves with the Quebec government? - Oh la la! - Adirondacks. Adirondacks! The Cree. Yes, bravo!
Evelyne St-Onge - We offer a meal to each school we visit, with traditional dishes. Tonight we have caribou, barley soup and partridge soup.
Music - Philippe Mckenzie
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