Our mandate


The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP) is one of five National Aboriginal Representative Organizations recognized by the Government of Canada. Founded in 1971 as the Native Council of Canada (NCC), the organization was originally established to represent the interests of Métis and non-status Indians. Reorganized and renamed in 1993, CAP has extended its constituency to include all off-reserve status and non-status Indians, Métis and Southern Inuit Aboriginal Peoples, and serves as the national voice for its provincial and territorial affiliate organizations. CAP also holds consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), which facilitates its participation on international issues of importance to Indigenous Peoples.

Our Affiliates and Board of Directors

Each of CAP’s affiliated provincial or territorial organizations establish its own constitution and rules for membership, elected officers, and administration. Affiliates also may act as umbrella organizations for multiple regional and local groups. A President or Chief is elected for each affiliate by delegates at an annual assembly of those organizations.

CAP also has a National Youth Council, with membership from the provincial and territorial affiliates, who select a representative to CAP’s Board of Directors.

CAP’s Board of Directors is composed of the National Chief, the National Vice-Chief, the National Youth Representative, and the President or Chief from each of the affiliated provincial and territorial organizations. The Board meets several times a year to monitor and direct the activity of CAP. The Board is the decision making body of CAP between Annual General Assemblies.

Annual General Assembly

The Annual General Assembly (AGA) sets policy for CAP through resolutions passed by attending delegates. Delegates to the AGA include the national executive and 16 delegates from each affiliate organization. During each assembly, CAP presents its audited financial statements and reports on programs and operations. During elections, delegates vote by secret ballot for a National Chief and a Vice-Chief for a four-year term, a National Youth Representative for a two-year term, and members of the Board of Directors for a one-year term.