Dwight Dorey is a Mi’kmaq from Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia and holds a Master of Arts degree in Canadian Studies from Carleton University. He is widely recognized as an outstanding negotiator, communicator and visionary. Through a 30-year career, he has made major strides forward for Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples in furthering human rights, Treaty rights, business, educational and employment opportunities.
Dwight served on his First Nation Band Council (Millbrook) and in September 2015 was re-elected as National Chief of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP) for a fourth term, having previously held three consecutive terms 2000-2006 and serving as Vice-Chief from 1984-86 and again from 2011 to 2012. He served as senior policy adviser to CAP before he was elected to his first term as National Chief. He served as the elected chief and president of the Native Council of Nova Scotia from 1989 to 1997.
He has attended and made interventions at numerous international forums such as the United Nations, the Organization of American States, and the World Conference on Science. He has lectured at universities and public forums around the country on a broad range of topics, including human rights, Aboriginal Treaty rights, self-government and cultural awareness. Having broad experience and an open mind, bridged by two cultures, Dwight has an instinctive ability to quickly assess situations and develop contingencies.
Dwight served as co-chair to the Native Council of Canada’s Constitutional Committee in the early 1990s during Canada’s Constitutional Meetings of First Ministers and was an active participant in the negotiations of The Charlottetown Accord. He has also been a pioneering force behind the landmark legal challenge for rights and recognition for Metis and non-Status Indians living off-reserve. The challenge, Daniels v Canada, was heard by the Supreme Court of Canada on October 8, 2015 and a decision is expected next year.
Dwight is the Founder, President and CEO of the ABCAN Affairs Group, a 100% Aboriginal owned, federally incorporated business that provides strategic advice on Aboriginal partnerships to corporations, organizations and agencies across Canada and around the world. His professional career includes stints as President and General Manager of the Mikmakik Development Corporation in Nova Scotia, as Operations Manager for the Associated Management Group in Toronto, and as Community Liaison Advisor with EnCana Corporation. He has authored and co-authored several publications including: ‘Legal Aspects of Aboriginal Business Development,’ ‘Aboriginal Rights Litigation,’ and ‘Aboriginal Self-Government for the Mi’kmaq People of Nova Scotia: Essential Features of a Workable Model.’
Congress of Aboriginal Peoples National Chief Dwight Dorey was elected at the Annual General Assembly in 2015. National Chief Dorey is a Mi’kmaq from Nova Scotia who previously served in the same position with CAP from 2000 to 2006.
Mr. Dorey holds a Master of Arts degree and has extensive business experience, having established the ABCAN Affairs Group Inc., a federally incorporated Aboriginal relations consulting company. He is also co-author of two books, Legal Aspects of Aboriginal Business Development and Aboriginal Rights Litigation.