MMIWG Anniversary Marked by Inaction, Delays.

June 3, 2020 (Ottawa, ON) – On June 3rd 2019, the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) released its final report. A year later, Indigenous people across Canada continue to wait for meaningful action on the 231 Calls to Justice.

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CAP Responds to Prime Minister’s Announcement of $75-Million in New Funding for Needs of Indigenous People Living Off-Reserve

May 21, 2020 (Ottawa, ON) – The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP) and its Provincial and Territorial Organizations (PTOs) today responded to the Prime Minister’s announcement of $75-million in new funding for organizations that aims to address the needs of Indigenous people living off-reserve during the COVID-19 pandemic. CAP filed an urgent court application over the federal government’s inadequate and discriminatory funding last week.

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Forgotten Peoples Campaign Calls on Federal Government to End Funding Discrimination and Support Off Reserve Indigenous Peoples During COVID-19 Pandemic

May 19, 2020 (Ottawa ON) – The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP) and its Provincial and Territorial Organizations (PTOs) have filed an urgent court application over the federal government’s inadequate and discriminatory funding during the COVID-19 pandemic. Today they are launching a campaign, Forgotten Peoples, to shed light on the impacts this lack of funding and discrimination has on the most vulnerable and disadvantaged Indigenous peoples in Canada.

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National Indigenous Group Files Court Application Over Inadequate and Discriminatory Funding During COVID-19

May 13, 2020 (Ottawa, ON) – The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP) and its Provincial and Territorial Organizations (PTOs) today filed an urgent court application over the federal government’s inadequate and discriminatory funding during the COVID-19 pandemic. The shocking lack of funding and discrimination impacts the most vulnerable and disadvantaged Indigenous peoples in Canada.

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Political Discrimination Against Inmates Puts Lives in Danger

April 30, 2020 (Ottawa, ON) – Canadian courts have acknowledged that Indigenous rights are not nullified at penitentiary gates, and that the history of colonialism, disenfranchisement and assimilation must be considered in the treatment and release of Indigenous prisoners.

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COVID-19 Response an Atrocity Against Urban Indigenous Peoples

April 22, 2020 (Ottawa, ON) – Over a month ago, on March 18, Prime Minister Trudeau promised COVID-19 emergency response funding for Indigenous communities. Today, urban Indigenous communities, such as the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples’ (CAP) constituents, have been told that they will not receive necessary funding to help the most vulnerable members of Canadian society.

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Federal Leadership Missing in Action on COVID in Prisons

April 17, 2020 (Ottawa, ON) – Despite over a month of appeals from the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP) and other organizations for immediate action to address the threat of COVID-19 to the health and lives of prisoners in federal custody, the federal government continues to delay and defer responsibility. Families of inmates continue to fear for the safety of their loved ones and lack information and updates on their health and security.

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Still “The Forgotten People” – Fourth Anniversary of the CAP-Daniels Decision

April 14, 2020 (Ottawa, ON) – On a day that should be marked with celebration, off-reserve and non-Status Indigenous peoples continue to express frustration at inaction by the Government of Canada. Today marks four years since the CAP-Daniels Supreme Court decision, which established that non-Status and Métis Indigenous peoples are “Indians” under the Constitution of Canada. This decision was a result of a 17-year legal battle, which began in 1999 launched by the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP) and Harry Daniels. Despite the victory, many rights-holding Indigenous peoples in Canada continue to wait to see their rights recognized by the Federal government.

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Call for Justice Over Alberta Métis Men Killed While Exercising S.35 Hunting Rights

April 1, 2020 (Ottawa ON) – Two Métis men, Jake Sansom, 39, and Morris Cardinal, 57, were killed by gunfire outside of their truck while hunting north of Glendon, Alberta . The two men had recently lost their employment due to the COVID-19 pandemic and were exercising their Section 35 right to hunt in order to feed their families while waiting for financial relief.

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Indigenous Youth Leaving Foster Care Left Homeless During COVID-19

April 1, 2020 (Ottawa, ON) – Despite provincial ministers’ claims, youth aging out of the foster care system continue to be thrown out on the street, even in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP) National Vice-Chief, Kim Beaudin.

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Favoritism in COVID-19 Indigenous Funding Will Cost Lives

March 31, 2020 (Ottawa, ON) – The announcement of Indigenous COVID-19 funding shows with the stroke of a pen that the Trudeau government has written off hundreds of thousands of First Nations, Métis and Inuit people from receiving adequate help in this time of need.

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CAP Calls for Action After Second Indigenous Inmate Dies of Suicide in Two Weeks

March 25, 2020 (Ottawa, ON) – Indigenous musician Jonathan Wayne Lee Anderson from Edmonton, stage name “Tommy Da”, was taken off life support last Saturday, after fatally injuring himself through hanging while held at the troubled Edmonton Remand Center. This suicide follows closely after the previous suicide of Curtis McKenzie, another indigenous inmate who committed suicide in the Saskatchewan Penitentiary.

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Government Policies Threaten to Exacerbate Risk of COVID-19 in Correctional Centres

March 20, 2020 (Ottawa, ON) – In response to the danger of COVID-19 spreading in Canada’s overcrowded prison systems, the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP) today shared a letter with Canada’s premiers and Attorney Generals, calling on them to prioritize the release of low-risk offenders to limit transmission of the virus. CAP further calls on Premiers and Attorney Generals to take steps to prevent risk of transmission in prisons for offenders who remain in custody.

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Prime Minister Excludes Off-Reserve and Non-Status Indigenous People from COVID-19 Response

March 18, 2020 (Ottawa, ON) – Despite Prime Minister Trudeau’s claims to be addressing Indigenous needs in COVID-19 response planning, meetings have included only three out of five National Indigenous Organizations (NIOs).

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Government Policies Threaten to Exacerbate Risk of COVID-19 in Correctional Centres

March 13, 2020 (Ottawa, ON) – Coronavirus has been declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO), and threatens devastating effects on Canada’s Federal and provincial prison system says Kim Beaudin, Nation Vice Chief, Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP).

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COVID-19 Response Must Address Risks to Off-Reserve Urban and Rural Indigenous People

March 12, 2020 (Ottawa, ON) – Prime Minister Trudeau announced $1 billion in funding to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The plan includes $100 million for the federal public health response, including supports for First Nations and Inuit communities, and $500 million in aid to the provinces and territories.

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“The System Failed Him” – statement by CAP Vice Chief Kim Beaudin on Curtis McKenzie suicide

March 12, 2020 (Ottawa, ON) – The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP) has learned that Curtis McKenzie, a member of Lac La Ronge Indian Band in Saskatchewan, has died of suicide while in the custody of Correction Services Canada (CSC).

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First Ministers Meeting: “Repeating the Mistakes of Coastal GasLink Pipeline”

March 3, (Ottawa, ON) – On March 12-13, 2020 Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau will host a First Ministers meeting between federal and provincial governments in Ottawa. Discussions will include issues of economic development, environment, natural resource development and reconciliation.

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Indigenous Overincarceration Crisis Hits Record Numbers

January 22, 2020 (Ottawa, ON) – The proportion of Indigenous people behind bars has hit a record high, according to new figures from Dr. Ivan Zinger, the Correctional Investigator of Canada.

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CAP on C-92 coming into Force: A biased process resulted in a biased policy

January 8th, 2020 (Ottawa, ON) – On January 1st 2020, Bill C-92, “An Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families”, came into force.

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AFN Jurisdictional Overreach on Housing Threatens Urban Indigenous Self-Determination

January 7th, 2020 (Ottawa, ON) – Indigenous homelessness in Canadian cities is a crisis requiring immediate and effective action from all levels of government. In addressing this crisis, actors must respect the right of urban Indigenous communities to self-determination, and to administer programs through their chosen representative organizations.

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Ministerial Mandate Letters – Promising Initiatives, but Flawed Approach to Indigenous Policy

December 18th, 2019 (Ottawa, ON) – On Friday, December 13th, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau released mandate letters for federal ministers, outlining their priorities over the coming parliament.

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CAP welcomes British Columbia UNDRIP legislation, calls on government to reintroduce federal bill

October 25, 2019 (Ottawa, ON) – British Columbia has introduced legislation that puts it on track to becoming the first Canadian government to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP).

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CAP congratulates Justin Trudeau on his re-election

October 22, 2019 (Ottawa, ON) – The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP) wishes to extend our congratulations to Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party of Canada for their re-election, and to all parties for a hard-fought campaign. We further wish to extend a special congratulations to the record-setting number of Indigenous candidates who ran in election 2019.

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Congress of Aboriginal Peoples Disappointed by Appeal of Compensation for Indigenous Youth

October 7, 2019 (Ottawa, ON) – The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP) condemns the decision by the Trudeau Liberal government to appeal the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) ruling awarding compensation to First Nations youth, who were taken from their families and put into care unnecessarily, from 2006 to present.

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Climate Disaster in South America Threatens Environmental and Indigenous Rights

September 3, 2019 (Ottawa, ON) – In solidarity with the Indigenous people of South America, the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP) is calling on Canada and Brazil to stop the devastating wildfires in the Amazon, and to respect the rights of Indigenous people in Brazil.

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Government finally ends discriminatory 1951 cut-off

August 16, 2019 (Ottawa, ON) – The government of Canada has removed a discriminatory rule known as the 1951 cut-off from the Indian Act, potentially clearing the way for hundreds of thousands of First Nations people to register for Indian Status.

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The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples views Bill C-93 as an adequate step for simple Cannabis possession charges

July 9, 2019 (Ottawa, ON) – The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP) is pleased to participate in a meeting with Canada’s Premiers at Big River First Nation in Saskatchewan today. This meeting of the Council of the Federation is an opportunity for National Indigenous Organizations to raise issues pertaining to Indigenous children, youth, and families and their well-being.

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CAP advocates for children and families at Premiers’ meeting

July 9, 2019 (Ottawa, ON) – The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP) is pleased to participate in a meeting with Canada’s Premiers at Big River First Nation in Saskatchewan today. This meeting of the Council of the Federation is an opportunity for National Indigenous Organizations to raise issues pertaining to Indigenous children, youth, and families and their well-being.

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“We Will Not Be Forgotten” — Day of Action

June 20, 2019 (Ottawan ON) — Today, the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP) lead a Day of Action on Parliament Hill and in many provinces to demand an end to the exclusion and discrimination faced by our peoples — the off-reserve, non-status, Métis and Southern Inuit.

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The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples is pleased the Senate passed Bill C-83

June 14, 2019 (Ottawa, ON) The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP) is pleased that the cruel and inhumane approach to solitary confinement will cease with the passing of Bill C-83 – an act to amend the Corrections and Conditional Release Act.

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The Government’s report on S-3 Consultations is a disappointment!

June 12, 2019 (Ottawa, ON) – The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP) is outraged with Canada’s report on the Collaborative Process on Indian Registration, Band Membership and First Nations Citizenship. The report fails to make any solid recommendations to better the lives of non-status people, a distinct population. After years of consultations, many of our peoples will still be waiting to get status.

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We will not let Canada forget our Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

June 3, 2019 (Ottawa, ON) – The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP) acknowledges the Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls as a guiding document for concrete actions to be taken to protect Indigenous women and girls.

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CAP & Affiliates at UNPFII advocate on issues that unrecognized Indigenous peoples experience in Canada

April 26, 2019 (Ottawa, ON) – This week, the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP) hosted an event as part of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) in New York City to call international attention to the struggles for recognition that Indigenous Peoples in Canada continue to undergo. CAP also made statements at the UN forum to draw attention to the issues that unrecognized Indigenous peoples are experiencing in Canada, such as barriers in education support for youth and lack of access to health benefits.

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“Our Peoples will not be Forgotten” The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples brings the continued discrimination against Indigenous Peoples in Canada to the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Peoples

April 24, 2019 (Ottawa, ON) – The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples is bringing to light the continued discrimination against our constituency of Indigenous Peoples in Canada through advocacy this week at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Peoples (UNPFII).

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Forgotten Again: The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples offended by discrimination under the federal budget

March 19, 2019 (Ottawa, ON) – The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples is outraged by the federal budget tabled today as the government continues to ignore the needs of the Métis, status and non-status Indians, and Southern Inuit Indigenous People living off-reserve in Canada.

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Government is leaving out Indigenous children that are off-reserve, Métis and non-status in new child welfare legislation – Congress of Aboriginal Peoples

February 28, 2019 (Ottawa, ON) – The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples is outraged that the federal government has continued the exclusion of off-reserve, Métis and non-status Indigenous children in their new child welfare legislation. Today, the Minister of Indigenous Services tabled the legislation as Bill C-92, An Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families. This is a piece of legislation that was co-developed with only three of the five National Indigenous Organizations, excluding CAP, and fails to address the unique needs and interests of the off-reserve, non-status, and Métis children living across Canada.

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Preservation of Indigenous Languages a Priority for Off-Reserve and Urban Indigenous People

The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples welcomes Bill C-91, the Indigenous Languages Act, and the establishment of an Office of the Commissioner of Indigenous Languages which promises to work toward meaningful solutions to the loss of Indigenous language in Canada.

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The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples agrees non-status children can’t be excluded by the federal government under Jordan’s Principle

January 10, 2019 (Ottawa, ON) – The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples applauds the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society for their order to the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) calling for the federal government to cover urgent health care for non-status First Nations children living off-reserve under the Jordan’s Principle.

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Canada and the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples Sign Political Accord

From: Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

December 12, 2018 — Ottawa, Ontario — Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

On December 5, 2018, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, Carolyn Bennett, and National Chief Robert Bertrand and National Vice-Chief Kim Beaudin of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples signed the Canada-Congress of Aboriginal Peoples Political Accord.

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Congress of Aboriginal Peoples Celebrates Breakthrough Political Accord with the Federal Government

December 5, 2018 (Ottawa, ON) – The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples’ National Chief, Vice-Chief and Board of Directors joined in celebration today for the signing of a renewed Political Accord with the federal government.   The Accord has been the subject of negotiations with government over the past year.

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Where is the government’s humanity? The lives and welfare of our children matter – Congress of Aboriginal Peoples

November 30, 2018 (Ottawa, ON) – The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples is disenchanted and angered with the continued exclusion of off-reserve and non-status Indigenous children by the Government of Canada.

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National Chief Robert Bertrand outraged that Trudeau continues to exclude off-reserve & non-status Indigenous community

November 21, 2018 (Ottawa, ON) – National Chief Robert Bertrand of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP) expresses his disappointment again that the Federal Government continues to exclude CAP, as one of the five National Indigenous Organizations (NIO).

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Indigenous Youth at Risk Following Ontario’s Move to Repeal Legislation Governing the Work of the Ontario Child Advocate

November 19, 2018 (Ottawa, ON) – Indigenous children and youth are among the most vulnerable in the province and face significant risk following the recently announced cut’s to Ontario’s Child Advocate position.

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Congress of Aboriginal Peoples says the federal engagement on the Indigenous rights recognition legislation has been off track from the start

November 15, 2018 (Ottawa, ON) – The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP) is calling for a hard reset on the federal engagement for the Recognition and Implementation of the Indigenous Rights Framework.

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Congress of Aboriginal Peoples commemorates National Aboriginal Veterans Day

November 8, 2018 (Ottawa, ON) – The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples commemorates National Aboriginal Veterans Day, in honour of all Indigenous peoples who have served for Canada.

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Congress of Aboriginal Peoples and Native Alliance of Quebec concerned with reporting on ‘’fake Indian status card’’

A recent news article by the CBC was posted on October 19th 2018, on a police investigation into the ‘’use of fake Indian status cards for tax breaks’’.

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Congress of Aboriginal Peoples pleased with Canada’s move to end solitary confinement in federal prisons

October 17, 2018 (Ottawa, ON) – The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP) is pleased with the introduction of Bill C-83, Corrections and Conditional Release Act, tabled yesterday by Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale.

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