Together for future generations – 2022-2027 Governement action plan for the social and cultural wellness of the first nations and inuit
MESSAGE FROM THE PREMIER
This year, the Québec government is taking an important step by renewing its commitments to Indigenous nations, clearly and unequivocally. The 2022-2027 Government Action Plan for the Social and Cultural Wellness of the First Nations and Inuit reflects both the evolving context and the aspirations of Québec’s Indigenous peoples.
Québec’s growth requires the active participation of all in achieving our shared objectives. To implement this vision, we must ensure that Québec’s First Nations and Inuit communities, which have shown their resilience on numerous occasions, have an opportunity to thrive economically, socially and culturally. Their contribution to Québec society is unique and must be promoted and encouraged.
For this reason, I want us all to move forward, guided by an effective and far-ranging action plan that applies to the government as a whole. Together, we can build an inclusive society that will stand as a model and make all its inhabitants proud to live in and represent Québec.
I thank all our Indigenous partners for their involvement, their dynamic contribution and their determination. With no more delay, it is time to take action!
THE MINISTER RESPONSIBLE FOR INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS
My first goal, when I was appointed as Minister Responsible for Indigenous Affairs, was to build a link of trust with Québec’s First Nations and Inuit communities by going out to meet them. Despite the obstacles created by the pandemic, these visits to 55 Indigenous communities provided me with some invaluable insights, and I would like to offer my sincerest thanks to my hosts for their warm welcome and willingness to share.
The underlying aims of the 2022-2027 Government Action Plan for the Social and Cultural Wellness of the First Nations and Inuit arise directly from the conclusions I was able to draw from these visits and from my consultations with our Indigenous partners. They showed how the social and cultural needs of First Nations and Inuit communities have continued to evolve, just as their expectations with regard to the Québec government and their relationship with it have changed.
The reports filed by the commissions of inquiry have also set some fundamental guidelines and highlighted several issues that have been made into priorities by the present government. The issues include those listed in the six fields of action plan, the adoption of a culturally-appropriate approach and, of course, the successful completion of several key projects in the housing, education, wellness and security sectors, among others.
Our government’s response reflects the complex nature of the issues, rather than a fixed and final solution; history has taught us that adjustments are often needed to achieve an ideal conclusion. Maintaining a sustained dialogue, and applying a partnership-based approach with Indigenous organizations and communities, will assist us over the coming years, and our approach will be systematically adapted to the unique realities observed on the ground. We will listen actively to ensure that the situation of Indigenous peoples continues to improve, in the best interest of current and future generations.
Ian Lafrenière, CD
Read More: https://cdn-contenu.quebec.ca/cdn-contenu/adm/min/conseil-executif/publications-adm/saa/administratives/plan_action/2022-2027/en/GAPSCWFNI_22-27.pdf?1658430927