Assembly planned to discuss Métis/non-status rights

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017 5:27pm


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CAP National Chief Robert Bertrand

January 10th, 2017 (Ottawa, ON) – The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples will hold a “significant” CAP/Daniels Assembly in Ottawa on March 21 and 22. The Supreme Court Daniels decision is the ruling that decided 600,000 Métis and non-status Indians were “Indians” under the Canadian Constitution. 

“Today, I met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to set out CAP’s priorities and plans (for the assembly),” said CAP National Chief Robert Bertrand. “This Assembly will help bring justice to hundreds of thousands of Indigenous peoples.”

In 1999, former CAP leader Harry Daniels spearheaded the legal action to force Canada to recognize the rights of hundreds of thousands of Indigenous peoples. The Supreme Court of Canada released the decision on April 14, 2016.

“Although CAP has been excluded from three high level meetings, we are optimistic that the Prime Minister is committed to working with CAP on the Daniels case and several other pressing issues facing Indigenous Peoples,” said Bertrand. “Inclusion is a key pillar for reconciliation.”