The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples respectfully submitted this position paper to support the 5th National Aboriginal Women’s Summit which took place in March 2017 in Toronto. The goals of the Summit were to work towards the continued empowerment of Indigenous women including youth and Elders. In this position paper, CAP responds to and provides recommendations on the three identified policy areas of this summit: Empowering Women through Life Transitions; Access to Opportunity; A Culturally Responsive, Gender-based Implementation of the United Nations Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action. Under each of the policy areas is a set of themes outlining our position and calls to action.
This position paper was designed to encourage discussion on the summit topics as they relate to the lives and experiences of urban Indigenous women and girls. In the spirit of reconciliation, CAP calls attention to the words of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, “No relationship is more important to our government and to Canada than the one with Indigenous peoples. Today, we reaffirm our government’s commitment to a renewed nation-to-nation relationship between Canada and Indigenous peoples, one based on the recognition of rights, respect, trust, co-operation, and partnership.” It is with these words, and their intent, that we offer our perspective on the role Canada should actively take with respect to the outlined positions in this paper.