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Ministers Bennett and D'Amours support further open and respectful dialogue

QUEBEC, July 20, 2019 /CNW/ - The Federal Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and the Provincial Minister Responsible for Indigenous Affairs are working together and have offered their joint support to the Mayor of Oka and the Grand Chief of Kanesatake in future discussions to resolve outstanding issues between the communities.

The public meetings held on Wednesday in Oka clearly demonstrated the shared desire of those involved to understand the facts and to work toward a resolution that ‎works for everyone.  

Together, we will chart a path forward that advances reconciliation and builds a stronger future for both the Mohawks of Kanesatake and the citizens of Oka.


"Our government knows that the best way to resolve historic grievances is through dialogue and negotiation, and we are working in partnership with the Mohawk Council of Kanesatake to find shared and balanced solutions to resolve their claims. We are committed to facilitating respectful dialogue among all impacted parties to ensure that ongoing discussions will lead to lasting solutions for the benefit of all concerned."  

The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, M.D., P.C., M.P.
Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations

"A major step forward was taken on Wednesday as the Mayor of Oka and the Grand Chief of Kanesatake held information sessions that demonstrated on their own that everyone wants to be adequately informed and that dialogue with interested parties is taking place in a calm, respectful and peaceful manner. We continue to ensure an open and respectful dialogue to find solutions for all."  

Sylvie D'Amours
Minister responsible for Indigenous Affairs and Member of Parliament for Mirabel

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SOURCE Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC)