Dorey urges new Liberal government to act swiftly on campaign promises to Aboriginal people
October 20, 2015 – Congress of Aboriginal Peoples National Chief Dwight Dorey has offered his congratulations to Prime Minister-Elect Justin Trudeau and the new Liberal majority government, and says he looks forward to seeing real change on long-delayed issues affecting Aboriginal people in Canada.
“I believe this bodes well for the future of Aboriginal people in Canada. Mr. Trudeau has been given a very clear mandate by Canadians, and a large part of that mandate is to put higher priority on Aboriginal issues that have been pushed aside for the last decade,” Dorey stated. “We believe that this significant political shift in government will translate into a time of meaningful consultation with all Aboriginal peoples on rights, and on future policy and legislation.”
“If our Supreme Court challenge is successful, we will need to work closely with Mr. Trudeau and his cabinet to implement its rulings on Daniels v Canada and I have faith that our new government will make that a priority,” he added.
Daniels v Canada is the legal challenge first brought forth in 1991 seeking recognition for non-Status Indian people and Metis people as Indians under subsection 91(24) of the Constitution Act, 1867. It also challenges the federal government’s long-standing denial that the Crown owes to non-Status Indian and Metis people a fiduciary responsibility as Aboriginal Peoples, and that all Aboriginal people have a right to be consulted and negotiated with, on a collective basis, in good faith with the Crown.
Chief Dorey also called upon Prime Minister-Elect Trudeau to, once sworn in, fulfil his campaign promises for an immediate inquiry on missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG), and to implement the 94 recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, particularly those dealing with Aboriginal title.
“We will also be asking our new Prime Minister to officially adopt the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), which the previous government dismissed,” Chief Dorey stated. “There is much work to do, and we are looking forward to achieving these goals with a Liberal majority government,” he concluded.
Since 1971, the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples has represented the interests of off-reserve Status and non-Status Indians, Metis and the Southern Labrador Inuit. CAP is also the national voice for its affiliate organizations who advocate on behalf of Aboriginal people living off-reserve.
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Congress of Aboriginal Peoples
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