News Release Communiqué
December 4, 2015 – Congress of Aboriginal Peoples National Chief Dwight Dorey is optimistic for the future of Indigenous Peoples in Canada after hearing the throne speech delivered by the Governor General on Friday, Dec 4. The Chief says he looks forward to seeing real change on long-delayed issues affecting Indigenous communities in Canada.
“I believe this bodes well for the future of Indigenous peoples in Canada. The new government was given a very clear mandate by Canadians, and a large part of that mandate is to put higher priority on Indigenous issues that have been pushed aside for the last decade,” Dorey stated. “We believe that the issues highlighted in the throne speech are a strong sign that the government is committed to consulting with all Indigenous peoples on rights, and on future policy and legislation.”
“The majority of Indigenous peoples in Canada live, not on reservations, but in urban areas and remote rural areas. These are the people whose voices have been lost in the past and it is time they are heard and the issues they have been facing are addressed,” he added. “I am happy the government is prepared to reconcile with our nation’s Indigenous peoples.”
Chief Dorey also congratulated Prime Minister Trudeau for fulfilling his campaign promises to launch an immediate inquiry on missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, and his commitment to implementing the 94 recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
“There is much work to do but we are optimistic that we can achieve these goals with the government,” he concluded. “I look forward to working with the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs and all other Ministers in building a much stronger relationship between the federal government and all Indigenous communities across Canada.”
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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