Some 1075 territorial delegates from Quebec, 167 representatives from the associative networks and 364 French Canadians from outside Quebec participate in the national conferences of the Estates General of French Canada.
Changes approved by the delegates sparked debates during discussions on the resolution of French Canadians’ right to self-determination.
The resolution, which included recognizing Quebec as the national territory of French Canada, drew scorn from some of the non-Quebec representatives during interventions and voting. Franco-Ontarians rejected the resolution, and French-speaking Westerners were equally divided in their votes among acceptance, rejection, and abstention. However, the majority of Acadians (52%) and Quebec delegates (98%) supported the resolution.
The November 1967 conferences took place against a specific backdrop. It was the year of Canada’s centenary and of the world’s fair, Man and His World. It was also a time of socio-political upheaval provoked by the Quiet Revolution, the development of the independence movement, and French President Charles de Gaulle’s famous visit to Quebec.