NATIONAL CHIEF ENCOURAGED BY MEETING WITH PRIME MINISTER
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December 18, 2015 —National Chief Dwight Dorey met with Prime Minister Trudeau and other cabinet ministers including Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Justice, Jody Wilson-Raybould and Minister of Status of Women, Patty Hadju, at an inaugural meeting on Parliament Hill on Wednesday, December 16, 2015.
“It was a privilege to be able to express how the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples wishes to engage with the new government on the path to rebuilding and strengthening its relationship with Canada’s Indigenous peoples – the country’s fastest growing segment of the population,” stated Chief Dorey.
Chief Dorey outlined how the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples is committed to advancing the issues important to its constituencies. He expressed his keen interest in the new government’s commitment to “partnership” and proposed to the Prime Minister to renew the Congress’s Political Accord in order for the organization to proceed with its own strategic plan – the Road Map for Renewal and Reconciliation.
The Chief expressed that there was a compelling need for the government to take action and demonstrate the priority of Indigenous issues.
“Nations are built on communities, and the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples’ commitment is to our constituents, and as such, our own nation- to-nation process now exists through the organization’s Political Accord with the government,” said Chief Dorey. “A commitment of renewal is what I seek through the Liberal Government’s proposed partnership agreement.”
Chief Dorey also spoke of the impending decision of the Supreme Court of Canada on R v. Daniels, and its potential effect on Indigenous communities that have been disenfranchised by the Federal Government
“The Daniels case brings a great deal of significance to hundreds of thousands,” stated Chief Dorey. “It serves as an opportunity to resolve the jurisdictional arguments as to who is fiscally responsible for off-reserve Indigenous peoples”
The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples — formerly known as the Native Council of Canada — has for 45 years advocated for the rights and interests of Metis, status and non-status Indigenous Peoples living off-reserve and Southern Labrador Inuit.
For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Noreen Fagan, Communications Co-ordinator
Congress of Aboriginal Peoples
Office: (613) 747-6022 Cell: (613) 266-4009