September 14, 2015 – Ottawa, ON – The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP) will elect a new National Chief at its upcoming Annual General Assembly. Delegates from CAP’s provincial affiliates across Canada will come together in Gatineau, Quebec, on September 25 and 26 to identify policy resolutions and vote for the successor to current National Chief Betty Ann Lavallée, who is stepping down to spend more time with her family.
The candidates are Kim Beaudin, Chigal Wightman Daniels and Dwight Dorey. Ms. Daniels and Mr. Dorey have provided the following information regarding themselves.
Chigal W. Daniels
“Born in Ottawa, Ontario, Chigal W Daniels was raised and still resides in Saskatchewan. Her passion for her people was instilled in her by her father, Harry W. Daniels, and reinforced by his contributions to the Métis and Aboriginal communities throughout his political career.
In her professional career Chigal is an Educator and Licensed Practical Nurse. She is dedicated to educating the general public and reviving interest in local Aboriginal cultural practices. Most recently she has been connecting with her community by volunteering her time instructing cultural classes, sitting as a member of the board for the Nēwo-Yōtina Friendship Centre and introducing her daughter Alexis to the music, dance and culture of the Métis and Aboriginal people.
Ms. Daniels’ platform for electoral candidacy focuses on issues that are currently affecting Aboriginal people nation-wide. Those being: preparing for the successful resolution of the Daniels case by creating an action plan to address the implications of the Supreme Court’s decision; improving grassroots engagement by mending the current disconnect between the local community and the political process; and working to enhance the current socio-economic standing of our people. It is her goal to reengage and ignite community grassroots involvement within CAP.”
Dwight Dorey, M.A.
“A Mi’kmaq born and raised in Nova Scotia has extensive knowledge and experience in Aboriginal issues. He was Provincial Chief elected to represent off-reserve Aboriginal people of Nova Scotia, and served as National Chief of the Congress, having been elected for three consecutive terms (2000-2006).
Mr. Dorey also has years of business experience having established ABCAN Affairs Group Inc. in 2006, a federally incorporated Aboriginal relations consulting company. He is a co-author of two books, one being Legal Aspects of Aboriginal Business Development, and his second book is titled Aboriginal Rights Litigation (Butterworths) he is a strong advocate of the Aboriginal business community.
Dwight is also a lifelong advocate of Aboriginal Rights being a treaty beneficiary, and as an Aboriginal rights expert he has made interventions at numerous international forums such as the United Nations, and the Organization of American States. He has lectured at forums around North America on topics including human rights, Aboriginal Treaty rights, and traditional knowledge.
Dwight is a very knowledgeable Aboriginal leader with a wide range of personal and professional contacts across the country in both business and politics and is a recipient of The Aboriginal Order of Canada.”
The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples is the national representative organization advocating for the rights and interests of off-reserve non-Status and Status Indians, the Southern Inuit of Labrador and Métis Peoples.
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