Blockade goes up in Wemotaci over dispute with council on forestry agreement

By Marisela Amador
APTN National News
December 15, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada East

After the Atikamekw council of Wemotaci signed a forestry framework agreement with the government of Quebec, a blockade was erected in protest because some community members say they were not consulted. Dave Petiquay, who represents the Petiquay family, says some traditional families were not consulted in the on-going negotiations between the Wemotaci council and provincial government. “We don’t support this agreement. We maintain that the band council has no authority over ancestral territories other than reserve land. And I’ve told the other nations, the people, that they should take note of the Indian Act,” Petiquay said in a recent interview. This is not the first time members from Wemotaci’s traditional families have mobilized. Last spring, Petiquay and a few others set up another blockade. At the time, he told APTN News that the government was not respecting a harmonization agreement on forestry activities on their land.

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