NATIONAL CHIEF WELCOMES GOVERNMENT’S SWIFT ACTION ON NATIONAL INQUIRY
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December 8, 2015 – Congress of Aboriginal Peoples National Chief Dwight Dorey, who is in Paris attending the climate change conference, has expressed his optimism and renewed hope for the future of Indigenous Peoples in Canada following the government’s launch of the design phase into an inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.
“The government has taken a bold step in addressing this national tragedy. The plight of our 1,200 grandmothers, mothers, sisters, aunts, daughters, cousins and friends has been ignored for far too long,” Chief Dorey stated. “I am uplifted by the government’s announcement to work alongside the families of victims and Indigenous organizations in launching an inquiry.”
The government’s action is a strong sign that the Trudeau government is committed to real change and to building nation-to-nation partnership with Indigenous peoples.
“It is time to work towards the long term goal of ending this violence against Indigenous women and girls,”
Chief Dorey added. “Many of the murdered and missing women and girls lived in cities and towns across Canada, they are the women that the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples represent, and I am encouraged by the knowledge that the voices of their families will now be heard at a national level, it is indeed time for justice.”
The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples is committed to working with the families of murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls and Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett, Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and Status of Women Minister Patricia Hadju.
“As National Chief, I am committed to offering my full support and guidance throughout this inquiry process,” Chief Dorey concluded.
Since 1971, the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples has represented the interests of off-reserve Status and non-Status Indians, Métis 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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