MP Anne Quach Hosts Akwesasne Delegation at Parliament
On Nov. 22, MP Anne Minh-Thu Quach, who holds Akwesasne in her Quebec riding, welcomed a delegation of chiefs and staff from the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne for a personal tour of Parliament and a first-hand look at government in action.
MP Quach also hosted the group to a lunch meeting with two other MPs, Christine Moore, NDP MP for Abitibi—Témiscamingue, and Carol Hughes, NDP MP for Algoma—Manitoulin—Kapuskasing. Their ridings also include First Nations in Quebec and Ontario.
The Akwesasne delegation was able to bring many issues to MP Quach’s attention. As a community in her riding, MP Quach has been very dedicated to hearing from Akwesasne and has visited the community several times while also hosting MCA at Parliament. She expressed concern and interest in seeing resolution to some of Akwesasne’s issues with regard to the Child Tax Credit and cross-border complications, environmental protection, particularly in relation to Akwesasne’s shorelines, and technical issues related to Akwesasne’s jurisdictions. MP Quach noted that she could help by attending meetings with Akwesasne and government where issues of concern are being discussed.
MP Moore and MP Hughes also provided insight and options for collaboration with First Nations communities in their ridings who have had experience with some issues that are similar to Akwesasne’s. MP Hughes mentioned that some of her riding’s communities are near the Quebec/Ontario border and therefore have issues as well with health insurance coverage for out-of-province health visits.
Along with providing a gracious tour of some normally off-limits areas of Parliament, MP Quach also highlighted a beautiful stain glass mirror representating Canada’s reconciliation with First Nations and the Residential School apology.
The trip was complete when the delegation sat in on a House of Commons question period, during which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau himself adamantly defended his government’s proactive and progressive action to improve the lives of First Nations people in Canada and their relationship with Canada.
“The fact of the matter is that no government has done more to repair the relationship with indigenous Canadians than this one, with $8.4 billion over the next five years in building infrastructure, supporting young people, and supporting indigenous communities,” Trudeau said.
MCA would like to thank MP Anne Quach and her staff, including Jean-Marc Fagelson, as well as MP Moore and MP Hughes, for their time and hospitality. Nia:wen kowa.