The appointment of Kateri Champagne Jourdain well received on the North Shore
The appointment of Kateri Champagne Jourdain as Minister of Employment has aroused very positive reactions on the North Shore.
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Senator Michèle Audette, also from Uashat mak Mani-Utenam, felt that a positive message had been sent in favor of rapprochement between Aboriginal peoples and the Quebec nation.
“When I saw the choice of ministry that the Prime Minister offered him, it showed that no matter who we are, we are capable of getting there. Even more for indigenous women who prove that we can be everywhere, that we are not obliged to be labeled for a ministry that touches on indigenous issues, ”said the senator to TVA Nouvelles.
Thursday, Kateri Champagne Jourdain was first sworn in Innu, then in French in the Blue Room of the National Assembly.
Two days earlier, she made history by being the first Aboriginal woman to enter the Blue Room.
Shortly after her appointment as minister, the politician stressed in a press briefing that she was satisfied with the responsibilities that François Legault entrusted to her.
Moreover, she is delighted with the confirmation of her colleague Ian Lafrenière as Minister of Aboriginal Affairs.
“We have an excellent minister who is in place. I am very happy to continue his mandate. He worked hard and went to meet the 55 communities during the pandemic. He worked to establish a solid relationship,” said Kateri Champagne Jourdain.
No member from the North Shore has been appointed minister for 40 years.
The last is Lucien Lessard who held various ministries between 1976 and 1982 under the Lévesque government.
“We are going to promote dialogue and perhaps we will be listened to a lot more than we have been in the past, over the past four decades,” said the mayor of Sept-Îles, Steeve Beaupré, who referred to the five million dollars pledged by Kateri Champagne Jourdain for the construction of a new arena during the election campaign.