Yesterday, NATIONAL’s Aboriginal Affairs team, led by our colleague Éric Cardinal, welcomed more than 40 people to its Montreal office to celebrate National Aboriginal Day. Attending the event were many Chiefs, politicians and business people, including Geoffrey Kelley, Quebec Minister responsible for Native Affairs; Ghislain Picard, Assembly of First Nations Regional Chief, Quebec/Labrador; David Kistabish, Chief of the Abitibiwinni First Nation; Christian Awashish, Chief of the Opitciwan First Nation; and Christine Zachary-Deom, Chief of Council at Mohawk Council of Kahnawake.
The event featured a discussion on Reconciliation and Partnerships with a panellists Alain Hervieux, Abitibiwinni First Nation Adviser, Armand McKenzie, Vice-President of Government Relations at Tata Steel, and Mélanie Lumsden of the Mikana organization. The event culminated with a conference by Stanley Vollant, whose walk across all First Nations in Quebec was featured in a documentary broadcasted on Radio-Canada, titled De Compostelle in Kuujjuaq.
Earlier in the day, more than 30 staff members of the Firm also took part in Éric Cardinal’s lunch & lunch session on the importance of public relations for First Nations.