“The Chief is our federal voice. If we went to Parliament Hill, screaming and yodelling, nobody would hear us,” says a Saskatechewan Elder.
The elder did not stand alone in his thoughts. His words were heard time and time again by the National Chief Betty Ann Lavallée, CD., (Ret’d) for the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP) on her National Grassroots Engagement Tour in 2014.
“Aboriginal voices have not been heard, they have been silenced. That is why I believe in the Grassroots Tour,” says Chief Lavallée. “The Congress is the voice of Aboriginal Peoples.”
The National Grassroots Engagement Tour is an opportunity for off-reserve Aboriginal Peoples to meet with the Chief and discuss issues important to the community – growing unemployment, lack of affordable housing, and missing and murdered Aboriginal women.
We have to stand up for the rights of all Aboriginal Peoples. We have to join together to make our voices heard,” says Chief Lavallée. “I believe if we take the time to sit down, talk together and learn more about the issues and one another, we all win.”