Remembering a freedom fighter
(Ottawa) February 15, 2016 – Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, National Chief, Dwight Dorey, issued the following statement to celebrate the legacy of Louis Riel:
“Today we pay tribute to a man who fought to preserve Métis rights and culture. He defended his people against bigotry and racism, and was convicted of a crime he did not commit, for which he paid the ultimate price. He was a true freedom fighter.
“I hope both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people take time to reflect and pay tribute to the sacrifice that Riel made in the name of justice. Today we remember our history and learn from past mistakes to ensure this type of injustice never happens again.”
The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples represents 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 Policy and Communications
Office: (613) 747-6022 ex. 197
Melissa Dawe, Communications Coordinator
Office: (613) 747-6022 ex. 230