(Ottawa) January 28, 2016 – Dwight Dorey, National Chief of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, along with representatives from the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC), and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), met with the Honourable Minister McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, to discuss the role of Indigenous Peoples in developing a pan-Canadian framework to address climate change.
“It is crucial that the voices of Indigenous Peoples are prioritized in all future climate change discussions,” Chief Dorey stated. “We need to ensure that we create an environmental strategy that recognizes the rights of Indigenous Peoples by integrating their knowledge and relationship with the land and environment”.
The discussion on concerns and proposed solutions to climate change centred around an all-inclusive approach with a commitment to meet with Indigenous leaders on matters of renewable energy, environmental technology, and the transition to a new economy.
“It is clear that Minister McKenna welcomes meaningful input and encourages community engagement,” concluded Chief Dorey. “I feel that she is committed to including Indigenous Peoples in plans to address climate change and I look forward to our future discussions on this important issue.”
The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples represents the interests of Métis, status and non-status Indians, and Southern Inuit Indigenous Peoples living off-reserve. Today, over 70% of Indigenous people live off-reserve.
To arrange an interview with National Chief Dwight Dorey, please contact:
Noreen Fagan, Communications Coordinator
Office: (613) 747-6022 ex 230
Julian Morelli, Director of Policy and Communications
Office: (613) 747-6022 ex 197