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CAP encourages all Canadians to focus on reconciliation this Canada Day

July 1, 2022 Ottawa, ON 

The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples is encouraging all Canadians to reflect on the countless contributions Indigenous Peoples’ have made throughout centuries on Turtle Island. While many Canadians celebrate the country’s anniversary, the holiday also exposes deep trauma among Indigenous Peoples’ who have endured centuries of colonialism.

“While Canadians celebrate the founding of this country, we must also recognize not all people enjoy the same lifestyle and standard of living which so many do,” says CAP National Chief Elmer St. Pierre. “Too many Indigenous people continue to face poverty, a lack of housing and an unfair justice system.”

The discovery of thousands of unmarked graves at residential schools, the MMIWG inquiry and the TRC have all exposed Canadians to the truth behind colonialism. Now is the time to reflect on the past and take concrete action to ensure a clear path forward to reconciliation.

Media Contact: 
Nigel Newlove 
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.