Regroupement de solidarité avec les Autochtones (Canada)

Born during the Oka crisis in 1990, the Regroupement de solidarité avec les Autochtones played a central role, on the one hand, to testify the existence of a fringe sympathetic to Native people in Quebec society and, on the other hand, facilitate dialogue between Québec civil society and rights defense movements of Native people.

Progressively, the Regroupement de solidarité avec les Autochtones was born and continued its activities by relying on the mobilization and involvement of many people.

It is in the action rather than policy statements that stood out the group: events, meetings and discussions with various Aboriginal communities, public meetings on major issues concerning Native peoples. The group has published over 80 newsletters that were distributed widely in English and French.

The struggles he has supported include those:

  • of Mohawk during and following the Oka crisis;
  • of Labrador Innus against the low-altitude flights;
  • of Maliotenam Innus against the hydroelectric project of Ste-Marguerite;
  • of Crees against the hydroelectric project of the Great Whale;
  • of Barrière Lake Algonquins against clear cutting;
  • of Lake Lubicon Crees for recognition of their territorial rights.

At the heart of the group orientations are found recognition of national and territorial rights of Native peoples and the need for negotiations on an equal basis with those nations.