March 23rd , 2017 (Ottawa, ON) – The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples is disappointed off-reserve, non-status Indigenous Peoples have largely been ignored in Budget 2017.
“CAP is happy to see the federal government’s continued commitment to Indigenous issues like post-secondary education and on-reserve infrastructure,” says Congress of Aboriginal Peoples National Chief Robert Bertrand. “But the fact of the matter is 70% of Indigenous Peoples live off-reserve and this budget falls short of their needs.”
CAP supports new investments in skills and training and off-reserve housing, but urges the federal government to make further investments in programs and services for Indigenous Peoples living off-reserve. According to Budget 2017, Indigenous Peoples living off-reserve have some of the lowest income rates and highest unemployment rates in the country.
“The numbers speak for themselves,” says CAP National Chief Bertrand. “Without a renewed focus on Indigenous Peoples living off-reserve, CAP’s constituents will continue to fall through cracks.”
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The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples is the national voice representing the interests of Métis, status and non-status Indians, and Southern Inuit Indigenous People living off-reserve. Today, over 70% of Indigenous people live off-reserve.