The aspirations of Natives [book excerpt]
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It is a secret to no one that the First Nations of Northern Canada, who already have "territorial" institutions, aspire to achieve provincial status, not only because they would be constitutionally guaranteed a certain amount of autonomy, but because this step forward would allow them to better [...] pursue claims stemming from their ancestral and treaty rights. [...] It is understandable that Canada's native population is very worried about the consequences of the constitutional accord [...].
It has been emphasized that the lesser-developed provinces would be protected by the veto power that they would be granted under the new article 41 regarding the creation of new provinces, since their presence could lead to changes in equalization payments. [...] Undoubtedly, but this is nothing compared to the weapon that would be given to those provinces that dread the thought of increasing Native rights, particularly in the West.

MORIN, Jacques-Yvan. L'adhésion du Québec à l'accord du lac Meech, Montréal, Les Éditions Thémis, 1988, p. 261. in DENIS, Roch (File compiled by). Québec : dix ans de crise constitutionnelle, Montréal, vlb éditeur, 1990, Coll. Études québécoises, p. 169