December 14, 2016 (Ottawa, ON) – The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples is thrilled to announce a monumental Daniels Assembly in partnership with the Crown, to be held in February 2017 that will begin reconciliation between the Government of Canada, Metis and Non-Status Indians.
In 1999, Former CAP leader Harry Daniels spearheaded legal action to force the Government of Canada to recognize the rights of hundreds of thousands of Indigenous Peoples. “Although Harry wasn’t alive to see the historic victory at the Supreme Court of Canada, this Daniels Assembly will provide justice for his vision and tireless work,” says CAP National Chief Bertrand.
On April 14th 2016, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that 600,000 Metis and Non-Status Indians were indeed “Indians” under the Canadian Constitution. “That decision paved the way for this significant meeting,” says National Chief Bertrand. “The CAP/Daniels Assembly will give voice to thousands of Indigenous Peoples who want to engage with the Government of Canada to build a new relationship.”
In October 2016, CAP National Chief Robert Bertrand and Vice Chief Kim Beaudin met with Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett to address the ramifications and implications of the Daniels Decision. That meeting confirmed, and began the groundwork to create the CAP/Daniels Assembly. “I commend Minister Bennett for her commitment and support for this CAP/Daniels Assembly,” says National Chief Bertrand.
CAP will be providing additional details and dates for the Assembly in the near future.
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The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples is the national voice representing the interests of Métis, status and non-status Indians, and Southern Inuit Indigenous People living off-reserve. Today, over 70% of Indigenous people live off-reserve.