Following the articles published by CHIP 101.9 about the actions of Roger Fleury and the reaction of the Algonquin Anishinabeg Nation Tribal Council, the National Executive of the Green Party of Quebec (PVQ) issued a press release in order to dissociate and denounce the cultural and historical appropriation of one of its members, Roger Fleury, during a “cultural hunt” on Anishinabe territories.
This case also follows the request of Roger Fleury, who with the support of the leader of the PVQ, Alex Tyrell, had demanded that the MRC Pontiac change its name. Roger Fleur accused the MRC Pontiac of appropriating the name of this Chief Anichinabés. Except that the Algonquin Anishinabeg Nation Tribal Council reacted by saying that Roger Fleury is not a member of any First Nations. “Roger Fleury is not a member of any Aboriginal nation, and the Anishinabe community of which he claims to be the leader does not exist,” said Algonquin Anishinabeg Nation Tribal Council Grand Chief Verna Polson. She wanted to rectify the facts considering that this is not the first time that Roger Fleury has usurped their identity. "Fleury, who presents himself as Chief Pontiac Anishinaabek Fort de Coulonge Kichesipirini, is currently inviting citizens to practice a “cultural hunt” from December 4 to 8, which is nothing more than an incitement to commit an act illegal since neither he nor the members of his social club are members of the First Nations ”added Verna Polson.
A leader under pressure
The PVQ National Executive also wanted to denounce the negligence of its leader, Alex Tyrrell. Mr. Tyrell, who joined Roger Fleury’s claim to ask that the MRC Pontiac withdraw the name Pontiac, is currently facing a vote of confidence, which ends on December 13. The PVQ National Executive mentions that Alex Tyrell tried to increase his political capital, and saw fit to lend his name and that of the Green Party in this action. “The actions of Mr. Fleury and Mr. Tyrrell were taken without consultation with the National Executive and members of the PVQ,” said executive member Vincent J. Carbonneau. Recently, six of the eight members of the PVQ National Executive called for Alex Tyrell to step down without delay. In an article in Le Devoir, one could read that the signatories reproach Mr. Tyrrell for doing “very little field work” such as door-to-door or local activities; for not having created any association and only two regional associations; not to actively recruit candidates for election; and for having raised less funds than the New Democratic Party of Quebec and the Conservative Party of Quebec, two more recent parties having obtained less support than the PVQ in the 2018 election.
The PVQ mentions at the end of the press release that the party and its members remain engaged in the process of reconciliation with the indigenous peoples and nations in Quebec and in the objective of a true nation-to-nation relationship. The national executive of the PVQ unilaterally supports the Anishinabeg nation in its requests for the government of Quebec to intervene.