Quebec premier defends new museum on Québécois nation after Indigenous criticism

By Morgan Lowrie Canadian Press Quebec Premier François Legault is defending his comments about a new history museum after he was accused by a group representing First Nations of trying to erase their history. The Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador criticized Legault’s April 25 comments that suggested the province’s history began with the arrival of French explorers Jacques Cartier and Samuel de Champlain in the 16th and 17th centuries. During his announcement of a new Quebec national history museum, the premier paid tribute to Quebec’s history, saying it “started with the explorers, Cartier then Champlain, who was the founder of our nation.” The Assembly of First Nations also criticized histor ian Éric Bédard who was present at the event and was quoted telling reporters that history begins with writing, and…

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