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CAP celebrates National Indigenous Peoples Day
June 21, 2022 Ottawa, ON
On this National Indigenous Peoples Day, the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples is encouraging all Canadians to celebrate the hundreds of Indigenous Nations that have flourished on this land for thousands of years.
“Despite a history of colonialism and prejudice, Indigenous Peoples have maintained their cultures and traditions,” says CAP National Chief Elmer St. Pierre. “Today is a time to reflect on, and appreciate the countless contributions Indigenous Peoples have made throughout generations on Turtle Island. CAP hopes the discovery of thousands of unmarked graves in residential schools across the country will expose the truth of the past, and spark concrete change.”
Indigenous Peoples have persevered on this land for thousands of years but continue to fall behind other Canadians in countless areas. As we celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day, we must continue to focus on the path forward ensuring all Canadians take part in reconciliation and aspire for a brighter future.
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.