(Ottawa) March 1, 2016 – Dwight Dorey, National Chief of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, leaves today for Vancouver in anticipation of an invitation to attend climate change talks with the Prime Minister, Premiers, and other National Representative Aboriginal Organizations (NAOs):
“Climate change is an issue that affects all Canadians, particularly Indigenous peoples, regardless of whether they reside on- or off-reserve,” stated Dorey. “We need to ensure that the Indigenous voice is heard and our rights are protected. I was invited to Paris for COP 21, so I don’t understand why I would be excluded.
“I am pleased with the support the Congress received from the Premiers and other NAOs. I still hold hope that the Prime Minister will change his mind and invite all five NAOs. We are stronger when we work together and climate change deserves our full attention,” concluded Dorey.
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 Policy and Communications
Office: (613) 747-6022 ex. 197
Melissa Dawe, Communications Coordinator
Office: (613) 747-6022 ex. 230