Quebec is moving ahead with its public debate on energy, but the First Nations are already being overlooked.

In a press release, the government says Quebec needs a new energy policy “rooted firmly at the centre of concerns such as economic growth, environmental protection, climate change and sustainable development.” No mention is made of First Nations concerns in the list of government priorities for its new energy policy.

As well, no Crees or Inuit are on the 16-member consultation panel that will preside over the hearings.

They are scheduled to take place between Aug. 22 and Sept. 28 in 10 locations—Trois-Rivières, Hull, Rouyn-Noranda, Jonquiere,

Sept-lles, Rimouski,

Montreal, Waskaganish, Kuujjuaq and Quebec City. Presentation should be submitted to the secretary of the public debate by Aug. 11.

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