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CAP and Canada Post celebrate the legacy of historic leader Harry Daniels
June 14, 2022 Ottawa, ON
The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples is delighted to have one of our national leaders recognized and remembered for his relentless work for Off-Reserve, non-Status First Nations, Metis and Southern Inuit. Harry Daniels was a passionate and dedicated leader who challenged the federal government and won. Daniels cemented the rights for Indigenous Peoples living off-reserve and in urban areas despite the federal governments’ attempts to deny our rights.
The unveiling of Canada Post’s new stamp commemorating Harry Daniels is a recognition of the decades of work Daniels committed to his constituency.
Daniels was a Metis leader from Regina Beach Saskatchewan. After years of advocacy in different political rings, Daniels became president of the Native Council of Canada – now known as the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples. He was instrumental in obtaining rights for Canada’s Metis, recognized in the Constitution Act of 1982.
Following his death in 2004, Daniels vision was accomplished. On April 14th, 2016, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the Federal Government has Constitutional responsibility for Métis and non-Status Indians, marking a historic victory for Indigenous peoples in Canada and ending a 17-year legal battle.
The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples is profoundly touched and inspired by this recognition of one of its most significant leaders. Harry Daniels’ passion and dedication will continue to benefit urban Indigenous Peoples for decades to come.
Director of Media Relations
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 80% of Indigenous people live off-reserve.