(Ottawa) March 22, 2016 – Congress of Aboriginal Peoples’ (CAP) National Chief Dwight Dorey, issued the following statement regarding measures introduced in the 2016 Federal Budget:
“Overall, the budget looks promising. I’m waiting to get further details because I’m left with some questions,” stated Chief Dorey. “We are going to take time to review the details of the budget to ensure there are targeted investments for the 1.1-million Indigenous Peoples living off-reserve.”
Measures contained in the 2016 budget include:
- $8.4-billion investment over five-years on Indigenous issues
- $96-million over five years and $10-million in on-going support of Aboriginal Representative Organizations
- $23.7-million in renewed funding over 2016-17 for the Urban Aboriginal Strategy
- $15-million over two years beginning in 2016-17, to help Indigenous Peoples in all regions of the country develop employment skills and training
- $2.3 billion over two years starting in 2016-17 to expand affordable housing, allocated to province and territories, including $739 million for First Nations, Inuit and northern housing.
“In the coming weeks and months we will meet with provincial and territorial Premiers, Ministers, and government officials, to get clarity on the investments that we hope are targeted for off-reserve Indigenous Peoples. We co-chair the affordable housing board for the Council of Federation (COF) and we will speak to these issues at the summer meeting of Canada’s Premiers in Whitehorse in July,” concluded Dorey. “Today’s budget was a good start and a positive change in attitude from the previous government who continually slashed crucial funding.”
NOTE: The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP) will be changing its name to the Indigenous Peoples’ Assembly of Canada (IPAC). The transition will take place in the coming months. For further information: CAP announces new name (IPAC).
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.
To arrange an interview with National Chief Dwight Dorey, please contact:
Julian Morelli, Director of Communications and Policy
Office: (613) 324-5932
Melissa Dawe, Communications Coordinator
Office: (613) 747-6022 ex. 230