Opposition parties disagree on Montreal Canadiens land acknowledgement

Montreal Canadiens fans cheer during the warm-up skate ahead of the team’s opening home season NHL hockey game against the New York Rangers in Montreal, Saturday, October 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Quebec's Official Opposition is welcoming the Canadiens decision to declare Montreal an unceded Indigenous territory.

While some historians agree that the territory never belonged to the Kanienʼkehá꞉ka (Mohawk) nation, Liberal leader Dominique Anglade supports the Canadiens' decision.

The Montreal Canadiens announced that before the start of the games, their organization recognizes the Mohawk Nation for their hospitality on their traditional and unceded territory.

In a news conference at the National Assembly Tuesday morning, Dominique Anglade said she welcomed the initiative.

She said that the truth of this is important, but the message matters. If there are facts to be verified, let them be, she explained.

PQ leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon strongly disagreed with Anglade, saying facts and truth matter and are not optional.

He also questioned why a sports team decided to make a pronouncement on a historical question

-- This report by The Canadian Press was first published in French on Oct. 19, 2021.

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