The young Cree activist and columnist Maïtée Labrecque-Saganash wants to wear the colors of Québec solidaire in Ungava during the elections on October 3.
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She will first have to succeed in the nomination in the constituency, but no other candidate is in the running at the moment.
“I can understand that in the National Assembly it is easy to make decisions when the people concerned are not in the room. Me, when I'm going to be there, I encourage these people, who say enormities towards my people, to do so by looking me in the eye, "said Labrecque-Saganash during a press briefing at the PHI Center. , with Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois and Manon Massé.
As a matter of fact, Ms. Labrecque-Saganash showed from the outset her opposition to the reform of Bill 101, supported by Québec solidaire. Indigenous nations had denounced Bill 96 and demanded to be exempted.
"Personally, I would not have supported it," she said in response to questions from reporters. She says she shares the concerns of the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador on this subject.
The new law will make “more difficult to navigate public services in Quebec for our communities”, she believes.
The parliamentary leader of QS, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, assures that Ms. Labrecque-Saganash would have been free to oppose the bill, despite the support of her caucus. “Never would I have allowed myself to tell an elected First Nations how to vote on a bill that concerns their historic and fundamental claims,” he assures us.
Several indigenous candidates
Daughter of Roméo Saganash, Maïtée Labrecque-Saganash has been close to Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois for many years. She notably worked with him during the Faut qu’on se parle tour.
Five other indigenous candidates are already in the running for QS and the party says it is taking steps to attract more.
The National Assembly has already had First Nations men, including Alexis Wawanoloath, but no women.